Title: Parker, 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), 413-414.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18514
CASE.—Sergeant John Parker, Co. G, 39th, New York Volunteers, aged 30 years, received, at Ream's Station, August 25th, 1864, a gunshot wound of the neck. The missile, a conoidal ball, entered over the sterno-cleido-mastoid muscle, on a line with the inferior edge of the thyroid cartilage and lodged, fracturing the first rib. He was conveyed to the hospital of the 1st division, Second Corps, and transferred to Washington, where he was admitted into the Lincoln Hospital on August 28th. The ball was removed from near the first rib; stimulants were administered, and nutritious diet ordered. On August 30th, there was a constant discharge of sanguineus liquor from the wound, which was arrested by compression and bandages. The patient was pale and anæmic; on September 2d, had chills; sallow look; the surface of the body covered with a profuse perspiration. Pyæmia supervened, and the patient died on September 13th, 1864. The autopsy revealed fifty ounces of fluid in the left thoracic cavity; a large abscess in the left lung, and a small one in the right. The case is reported by Acting Assistant Surgeon W. E. Roberts.