Title: Clark, Reuben
Source text: Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes, United States Army, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861–65.), Part 1, Volume 2 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870), 225.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e15841
CASE.—Private Reuben Clark, Co. H, 31st Maine Volunteers, aged 21 years, was wounded at the battle of Petersburg, Virginia, April 2d, 1865, by a fragment of shell, which struck near the anterior superior angle of the right parietal bone, producing a fissure one and one-half inches in length, denuding the bone of the periosteum, and slightly depressing the external table. He was admitted into the general field hospital of the Ninth Army Corps on the same day, and a few days later sent to Washington, and admitted on the 5th into the Carver Hospital. On the 8th, the patient was transferred to the Mower Hospital at Philadelphia. Simple dressings were used. On the 13th, prominent cerebral symptoms, with pain in the head and high fever, were ushered in by a chill. Cathartics were administered, and cold water applied to the head. Small doses of calomel and opium were given for a few days afterward. Some small pieces of necrosed bone were subsequently removed. On June 15th, 1865, he was discharged the service. The case is reported by Acting Assistant Surgeon W. P. Moon. In August, 1866, Pension Examiner James C. Weston reports that this pensioner is sometimes subject to dizziness, especially on stooping, and that his eyes fill with tears when reading. His disability is rated one-half.