Title: Tomlinson, George W.

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), 502.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestgunshot wounds of the chestpenetrating gunshot wounds of the chesttreatment by hermetically sealingball entered at fourth rib near nipple, passed downward through lung, lodged in back near seventh or eighth ribsball passed through lungconsolidation of lower lungdisability total

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19600

TEI/XML: med.d1e19600.xml

CASE.—Captain George W. Tomlinson, Co. I, 99th Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 40 years, was wounded at Deep Bottom, Virginia, August 15th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which entered about the fourth rib near the nipple, passed downward through the lung, and lodged in the back near the seventh or eighth ribs. He was taken to the hospital of the 3d division, Second Corps, where the wound was hermetically sealed and the ball extracted. On August 23d, he was transferred to Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D. C.; simple dressings were applied. He was furloughed on October 20th, and admitted to Officers' Hospital, Philadelphia, December 12th. On February 13th, 1865, his debility was on the increase, owing to a profuse discharge from the wound. There were no symptoms, except a diminished vesicular murmur along the course of the wound. Tonics, stimulants, and expectorants were administered. The discharge gradually diminished, and the patient improved. On March 1st, after some exposure, he had a severe attack of coughing, attended with copious muco-purulent expectoration. He was returned to duty on May 15th, 1865, at which time his general health was fair; but the wound was still discharging, and he suffered occasionally with violent attacks of coughing, from ulceration of the fauces and elongation of uvula. The upper portion of the lung was healthy; but there were indications of consolidation of the lower portion. Pension Examiner Wilson Jewell reports, November 28th, 1865; "wound not healed; suppuration from diseased bone going on. Some cough and slight expectoration. Disability total and temporary." The case is reported by Surgeon O. Everts, 20th Indiana Volunteers.