Title: McCauley, James

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), 466-467.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestincised wounds, contusions, and miscellaneous injuriessabre woundssabre thrust of the chestsabre passed directly through upper lobe of the lungfour sabre cuts of the headfractured skull, parietal bone

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19042

TEI/XML: med.d1e19042.xml

CASE.—Private James McCauley, Co. C, 1st United States Cavalry, aged 21 years, received a sabre thrust of the chest at Upperville, Virginia, June 21st, 1863. The point entered about two inches above and to the inner edge of the inferior angle of the right scapula, passed directly through the upper lobe of the right lung from behind forward, and made its appearance beneath the integument two inches above the right nipple, producing a discoloration at that point. He also received four sabre cuts of the head, one of which, over the right parietal bone, fractured the skull; the others were scalp wounds. He was treated in the field, and, on the 24th, was sent to Emory Hospital, Washington. On admission, he complained of very slight dyspnœa and some constipation, which was obviated by a potion of castor oil. Pulse 84; tongue clean; appetite good. A bandage was placed around the chest and cold-water dressings applied. A fragment of bone was removed from the right parietal bone. He was furloughed on July 17th, and returned to duty to Carlisle Barracks, September 11th, 1863. Pension Examiner J. O. Stanton reports, under date of August 3d, 1871: "The pensioner states that he frequently has hæmorrhage from the lungs. There seems to be considerable irritability of the throat and fauces. He is strong and muscular; circulation good."