New research suggests some botanic remedies used in the Civil War were actually quite good at fighting off infections.
According to Gizmodo, it's a finding that could lead to effective new drugs.
Three plant-based topical remedies listed in a Confederate Civil War field guide have antiseptic qualities.
The antibacterial compounds were derived from white oak, tulip poplar, and devil’s walking stick.
The active ingredients of the remedies are still not known.
However, these plant-based medicines may have actually saved some lives during the war, and perhaps even preventing the amputation of infected limbs.