Title: Newkirk, Ira B.

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), 292.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headtrephining after gunshot fractures of the skullgeneral anesthesia, ether

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17095

TEI/XML: med.d1e17095.xml

CASE.—Corporal Ira B. Newkirk, Co. E, 5th Wisconsin Volunteers, aged 23 years, was wounded May 5th, 1864, at the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, by a conoidal ball, which fractured and depressed the os frontis above the superciliary ridge. He was admitted into Judiciary Square Hospital, Washington, on the 11th. Two days later he was placed under ether, when Assistant Surgeon Alexander Ingram, U. S. A., made an incision one and a half inches in extent from the point of entrance, reflected the flaps, applied the trephine, and removed all the depressed bone, a portion of which was pressing on the dura mater. The parts were brought into apposition, and two sutures applied. The patient's constitutional condition was very good. Ice water dressings were applied, and saline cathartics administered. No untoward symptoms occurred, and on July 16th the patient was returned to his regiment. He was discharged July 30th, 1864. He is not a pensioner.