Title: Chester, Peter

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), 458.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the spineoperationsremoval of fragments of vertebrædisability total and permanentloss of power in armsfractured spine of fourth dorsal vertebra

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18972

TEI/XML: med.d1e18972.xml

CASE.—Private Peter Chester, Co. K, 6th Maine Volunteers, aged 22 years, was wounded on November 7th, 1863, by a conoidal ball, which entered over the fourth dorsal vertebra and fracturing its spine passed upward toward the right shoulder, and lodged. There was also a flesh wound of the middle third of the left thigh. He was sent to Washington, and, on November 9th, was admitted into the Stanton Hospital. There was inflammatory fever, with a quick pulse, and the wounds suppurated freely. Simple dressings were applied; anodynes and stimulants were administered, and a full diet was allowed. On November 13th, some pieces of the spine of the vertebra were removed from the wound. By November 19th, the patient was free from pain, and the wound was healing. On January 5th, the ball was extracted from under the edge of the trapezius muscle by counter incision. The patient was returned to duty on April 24th, 1864. He is a pensioner. Pension Examiner T. A. Foster reports, May 18th, 1866, that there is loss of power in arms. His disability is rated total and permanent.