Title: Reynolds, 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), 531.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestgunshot wounds of the chestwounds of the pericardium and heartwounds of the heartcicatrix of wound of right auriclerupture of heart muscular tissue, two and a half years after injury

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19777

TEI/XML: med.d1e19777.xml

CASE.—Private John Reynolds, Co. D, 1st Michigan Sharp-shooters, aged 42 years, received a gunshot wound of the left breast and shoulder at Spottsylvania​, Virginia, May 12th, 1864. He was conveyed to the field hospital, where simple dressings were applied to the wound. On May 25th, he was transferred to the 1st division hospital, Alexandria; on February 25th, 1865, to Fairfax Seminary Hospital, Virginia; on April 4th, to St. Mary's Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, and on May 26th to Harper Hospital, Detroit, whence he was discharged from service July 14th, 1865. He died at Mattawan, Van Buren County, Michigan, November 22d, 1866. A post mortem examination was made by Drs. David Brown and Nathan M. Smith. The ball entered the body between the fourth and fifth ribs on the left side, passed upward and backward and emerged between the clavicle and scapula of the same side, wounding in its passage the anterior surface of the auricle of the heart, producing the appearance of a cicatrix on said auricle, organic lesion resulting therefrom, and subsequently decay and rupture of the auricle, causing almost instantaneous death. All the vital organs except the heart were healthy.