Title: Vexter, 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), 480.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19274
CASE.—Private John Vexter, Co. D, 98th Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 40 years, was wounded before Petersburg, Virginia, June 7th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which passed directly across the neck. He also received a gunshot fracture of the lower jaw, and a penetrating wound of the chest. He was taken to the hospital of the 2d division, Sixth Corps, and, on June 10th, was sent to Emory Hospital, Washington. The wounds were cleaned and iced-water dressings applied, with stimulants, expectorants, anodynes, and nourishing diet internally. When admitted, the patient was much exhausted from loss of blood and exposure; respiration difficult; pulse 83, and irritable cough and orthopnœa. By June 11th, the patient breathed easier and was able to lie down. The swelling was subsiding, and the wounds discharging slightly. He was unable to swallow anything except liquids. On June 13th, the breathing became more difficult, and, on the 14th, the wound of the chest commenced discharging slightly, blood and air passing from the orifice. Death resulted on June 15th, 1864.