Dysentery and chronic diarrhea were so prevalent during the American Civil War that there was an honor code among soldiers: you couldn’t shoot a man while he was defecating. – WTF Fun Facts
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This has been a common code since the beginning of war
Checking the source, ‘Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac’ By Frank Wilkeson, p. 121, it is actually about sharpshooters, there was nothing in that section related to dysentery.