Title: Seldon, John 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), 331.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the facegunshot wounds of the facegunshot wounds of the orbital regiongunshot wounds of the eyeunfit for mental applicationtotal disability

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17469

TEI/XML: med.d1e17469.xml

CASE.—Corporal John H. Seldon, Co. H, 21st Connecticut Volunteers, aged 24 years, was wounded at Petersburg, July 30th, 1864, by a conoidal musket ball, which entered the left temporal region, passed through the left orbit, and emerged through the right nostril. The left eye was entirely destroyed. He was taken to the hospital of the 1st division, Eighteenth Corps, and thence conveyed to Washington, and placed in the Campbell Hospital. On August 28th, he was sent to the Ladies Home, New York, where he remained under treatment until November 30th, when he was transferred to the Knight Hospital, at New Haven. He was discharged from service February 10th, 1865. In 1869 he was a pensioner, his disability being rated as total. Mastication was difficult, his sense of smell was affected, and, beside the loss of his left eye, vision in the right eye was impaired. His mind had become so affected as to unfit him for mental application, and he complained of a dull pain in the head.