Original Civil War Relic Tourniquet Recovered At The Cedar Creek Battlefield. A nice solid relic brass metal relic tourniquet buckle used for amputations to stop the flow of blood. During the Civil War the treatment for gunshot wounds in arms and legs was amputation and a tourniquet was a vital part of this procedure. Hundreds of thousands of these surgical amputations were performed during the course of the Civil War. A rare medical piece of Civil War history. This was recovered on the Cedar Creek battlefield about 50-60 years ago on what was then private property in excellent condition. 100% guaranteed to be authentic Gettysburg Museum certified, museum COA provided.