Title: Heiser, John

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), 349.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the facegunshot wounds of the facegunshot fractures of the facial bonesfractures involving upper and lower maxillæsecondary hæmorrhagecommon carotid ligatedgeneral anesthesia, ethergeneral anesthesia, chloroform

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17905

TEI/XML: med.d1e17905.xml

CASE.—Corporal John Heiser, Co. I, 53d Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 27 years, received, at the battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia, August 14th, 1864, a gunshot wound of the face. Conoidal ball entered at superciliary ridge of right orbit, passing inwards, and emerged from neck, behind angle of inferior maxilla. When admitted to the Emory Hospital, Washington, on August 17th, 1864, he was feeble, and much exhausted from exposure on the field, and during transportation. On August 25th, bleeding profusely, chloroform and ether were administered, and the right common carotid artery, through an incision about two inches in length, was ligated by Surgeon N. R. Moseley, U. S. V. Cold water dressings were applied, and tonics and stimulants were administered. He died on August 30th, 1864, from exhaustion and constitutional irritability. The case is reported by the operator.