This essay argues that although scholars have claimed that civil war medical photography was dispassionate and strictly for the purpose of medical advancement, the images of civil war medical photography reveal the sentiments of the soldiers who posed for these pictures: why they posed and how they felt to be posing as an amputee or newly wounded victim of the war. I argue that although these photographs were intended to advance medical science, they actually served a larger purpose for the soldiers who posed for them. To reveal the hidden messages of these photographs, I analyze different series of photographs of wounded soldiers to compare and contrast how the photographs of civil war photography differ and what purposes they served besides medical advancement. The sources I used to make my argument are the images used in “Shooting Soldiers: Civil War Medical Images, Memory, and Identity in America” by J.T.H. Connor and Michael G. Rhode as well as “Photography in Nineteenth Century America” by Keith F. Davis and “Civil War Medicine: A Patient’s Account” by Rausch, David A.