Title: Kates, R. R.
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), 357.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18074
CASE.—Private R. R. Kates, Co. H, 12th New Jersey Volunteers, aged 22 years, was wounded at Chancellorsville, May 3d, 1863, by a musket ball, which entered the mesial line of the upper lip, carried away almost the entire superior maxilla of that side, and emerged about two inches behind the left ear. He was taken to the hospital of the 3d division, Second Corps, and, on May 8th, transferred to the Douglas Hospital, Washington, where fragments of bone were extracted. There were some pieces of bone deeply imbedded in the neck, and small fragments were daily discharged from the mouth. On June 8th, a tooth was extracted from the neck behind. He was furloughed on June 26th, at which time the posterior wound had healed; the upper portions of the bone were still inflamed; he could swallow easily, but spoke indistinctly. He was returned to duty on September 29th, 1863. His name does not appear upon the Pension Roll.