Title: Burns, W. H.

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), 496.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestgunshot wounds of the chestpenetrating gunshot wounds of the chestgunshot wounds of both lungshoulder and arm atrophied, use of arm impairedball entered in front of clavicle, passed through apex of each lung, lodged beneath scapula

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19472

TEI/XML: med.d1e19472.xml

CASE.—Corporal W. H. Burns, Co. C, 6th United States Cavalry, was wounded at the battle of Beverly Ford, Virginia, June 9th, 1863, by a round ball, which entered immediately in front of the inner third of the left clavicle, passed through the apex of each lung and lodged beneath the right scapula. On the following day he reached the Lincoln Hospital at Washington, D. C., where he remained under treatment until December 25th, 1863, when he was discharged from service. The case is reported by Assistant Surgeon J. C. McKee, U. S. A. On July 15th, 1864, the man was examined by Dr. Cameron, pension examining surgeon, at La Crosse, Wisconsin, who reports his right shoulder and arm atrophied and the use of the right arm considerably impaired; also, that an effort had been made to extract the ball through an incision above the right scapula, and that a number of splinters of bone were removed, but that the missile could not be found.