Title: Miller, Peter C.

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), 459.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the spineoperationsremoval of fragments of vertebræfractured spinous process of seventh cervical vertebradisability total and permanentpartial loss of motion of both armsvertigoconstant pain in head and shoulders

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18993

TEI/XML: med.d1e18993.xml

CASE.—Private Peter C. Miller, Co. K, 7th Wisconsin Volunteers, aged 36 years, was wounded at the Wilderness, May 5th, 1864, by a conoidal musket ball, which passed transversely beneath the trapezius, fracturing the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebra, and escaped at the outer margin of the muscle. He was admitted from the Army of the Potomac to the Douglas Hospital, Washington, on May 11th. Simple dressings were applied to the wound, and pieces of the spinous process were removed. The motion of the cervical region was imperfect and painful. The patient was subsequently transferred to the Satterlee Hospital, Washington​, thence on July 9th, 1864, to the Harvey Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. He was discharged the service on December 17th, 1864. Examining Surgeon D. D. T. Hamlin, of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, reported, on March 12th, 1865, that the "applicant is laboring under necrosis of the two lower cervical vertebræ, producing partial loss of motion of both arms, vertigo, and constant pain in head and shoulders; unable to labor. Disability total and permanent."