Title: B——, Charles
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), 250.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e16350
CASE.—Private Charles B——, Co. H, 2d Michigan Volunteers, aged 36 years, was wounded near Petersburg, Virginia, June 17th, 1864, by a shell, which fractured the left parietal bone at the middle of the lower edge. He was admitted into the field hospital of the 3d division, Ninth Corps, and thence sent, on June 21st, to the Harewood Hospital, Washington, D. C. On June 26th, fragments of the outer table to the extent of an inch in diameter were taken out, and, on June 29th, a fractured portion of the inner table, which had become loose, was removed. There being some cerebral symptoms, ice was applied to the head; cathartics were then administered, and poultices applied. Coma supervened on June 30th, 1864, and the patient died on the same day. A post-mortem examination revealed meningitis and a considerable amount of pus beneath the membranes. The pathological specimen is No. 3051, Sect. I, A. M. M., a segment of cranium showing an elliptical opening one inch from above downward and one-half inch in width; there is a short fissure of the inner table, with depression of one edge to the extent of one line. No attempt at repair is visible. The specimen and history were contributed by Surgeon R. B. Bontecou, U. S. V.