I love how folks say this and that was never done during the civil war and how photos were all 'staged' showing men 'festooned' with pistols.
There is a tintype I have seen in my Grandad's collection of a dead Confederate with at least 4 pistols on his rotting person.
Oh, wait...that just couldn't happen!!!!!
I'm just telling you what knowledgeable reenactors say - pistol use was not common among enlisted men. I'm sure some
soldiers were festooned with pistols, but this was not normally the case.
Also, some photographs of the dead were also staged
. Like the famous photo of the dead guy in the rocks at Devil's Den.