Title: Ferdon, William H.
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), 327-328.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17424
CASE.—Sergeant William H. Ferdon, Co. A, 40th New York Volunteers, aged 25 years, was wounded in the engagement at Hatcher's Run, Virginia, March 25th, 1865, by a conoidal ball, which entered the right temporal region near outer angle of right eye, and passing through the orbital portion of the sphenoid bones on both sides, severed in its course the optic nerves of both eyes. The point of exit was directly opposite the point of entrance. He was, on the following day, admitted to the depot field hospital of the Second Corps, at City Point, and on March 29th, transferred to the Armory Square Hospital, complaining of much pain in the head. He could not tolerate opium or morphine. Nervines were given every hour, till quiet was procured, and good wine, in small quantities, allowed. On April 26th, the wound was nearly healed, but the patient was entirely blind. On May 15th, 1865, he was transferred to New York, where he was discharged June 13th, 1865, and pensioned