Title: DeForest, Elisha K.
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), 348.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17859
CASE.—Private Elisha K. DeForest, Co. K, 86th New York Volunteers, received, at Chancellorsville, May 3d, 1863, a gunshot wound. The missile entered the upper lip, passed through the tongue, and emerged from the middle of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, at its external border. He was, on May 4th, admitted to the hospital of the 2d division, Third Corps, and on the 6th transferred to Washington, and on May 8th admitted into the Mount Pleasant Hospital. Half diet was ordered, and the patient enjoined to keep quiet, and his head elevated. On May 12th secondary hæmorrhage occurred suddenly, after walking across the ward, and the patient died in a few minutes, May 12th, 1863. The autopsy showed that a part of the common carotid artery had been destroyed by the ball. The case is reported by Assistant Surgeon C. A. McCall, U. S. A.