Title: Wilkins, Joseph
Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65.), Part 2, Volume 1 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1879), 197-198.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41589
Case from the case-book of the THIRD DIVISION of the ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL, Surgeon Edwin Bentley, U. S. V., in charge:⃰
CASE 504.—Private Joseph Wilkins, company C, 97th New York volunteers; age 23; admitted July 2, 1864. Chronic diarrhœa. [This man appears on the hospital register of his regiment, admitted December 9, 1863—diarrhœa—returned to duty December 16th; admitted March 24, 1864—chronic diarrhœa—returned to duty April 8th; admitted April 14th—diarrhœa—returned to duty April 16th; admitted April 25th—diarrhœa—returned to duty April 28th; admitted June 10th—diarrhœa—sent to division hospital June 11th. He appears on the register of the hospital of the 3d Division, 5th Corps, admitted June 12th—diarrhœa—sent to corps hospital June 21st. He is borne on the register of the depot hospital of the 5th Corps, City Point, Virginia, admitted June 24th—sent to general hospital July 1st.] Died, July 23d. Autopsy six hours after death: Both lungs were extensively inflamed; the pleural sacs contained about half a pint of fluid. The heart and liver were normal; the gall-bladder was distended with bile. The mucous membrane of the large intestine was extensively inflamed and ulcerated.
⃰ It is to be regretted that, in most instances, the records of this hospital do not show by whom the autopsies were made. It is known that many of them were made by Surgeon Bentley himself, or under his immediate supervision, but it is only possible to distinguish these from the others in a few cases.