Title: Matthews, Thomas 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), 366.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18204
CASE.—Corporal Thomas H. Matthews, Co. I, 198th Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 26 years, was wounded before Petersburg, Virginia, March 29th, 1865, by a conoidal ball, which entered below the left ear, and emerged below the left eye, fracturing, in its course, the condyle and coronoid process of the inferior maxilla and zygomatic process of temporal and malar bones. He was at once taken to the hospital of the 1st division, Fifth Corps, and on April 2d, sent to Harewood Hospital, Washington. When admitted, the left side of the head and face was very much inflamed, with slight erysipelas in right eye and face; he suffered also from the effects of the shock of the injury and transportation from Petersburg. On April 14th, the zygomatic process of the temporal and fragments of the malar bone were removed. By May 19th, the patient had fully recovered, with the exception of a slight anchylosis. He was discharged from service on May 29th, 1865. He is a pensioner. Pension Examiner H. S. Woodruff reports that he is almost totally blind in the left eye, and deaf in the left ear. He is affected with fainting fits, on stooping. His disability is rated total and permanent.