Title: Colgan, John G.

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), 286.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headtrephining after gunshot fractures of the skullrecovery sufficient to resume modified duty in Veteran Reserve Corpspermanent disabilityone-half disability

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17002

TEI/XML: med.d1e17002.xml

CASE.—Private John G. Colgan, Co. F, 5th New Jersey Volunteers, aged 22 years, was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 3d, 1863, by a piece of shell, which struck the upper portion of the frontal bone, causing a fracture with depression. He was conveyed to Washington, and on May 9th admitted to Harewood Hospital, where the trephine was applied, and the depressed portion of bone removed. On May 30th, the wound was doing well, and on June 24th, 1863, the patient was transferred to Satterlee Hospital, Philadelphia, where he was assigned to the 2d battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps. This soldier was discharged the service November 22d, 1865, and pensioned. There was a large cicatrix, with depression from loss of the outer table of the os frontis, near the junction of the coronal and sagittal sutures, with tenderness upon pressure, and the patient complained of vertigo when exposed to the sun, or when undergoing active exercise. His disability is rated one-half, and probably permanent.