Title: Spriggs, George
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), 205.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e41799
Case from the case-book of the L'OUVERTURE HOSPITAL, Alexandria, Virginia, Surgeon Edwin Bentley, U. S. V., in charge. All the patients were colored men, most of them sent to Alexandria from the hospital for colored troops, City Point, Virginia.
CASE 554.—Private George Spriggs, company F, 19th United States colored troops; age 23; admitted November 17, 1864. Chronic diarrhœa. [This man appears on the register of the hospital for colored troops, City Point, Virginia, admitted September 13th—chronic diarrhœa—sent to general hospital November 16th.] He stated that he had been sick for a long time; was very feeble and much emaciated. Treatment: Astringents, tonics, anodynes, stimulants and light diet. He appeared to improve somewhat for a few days, but relapsed. Died, December 1st. Autopsy: The right pleural sac contained about two quarts of fluid, and there was also a considerable quantity in the abdominal cavity. The lymphatic glands at the root of the lungs were enlarged, and contained a hard deposit of tubercle. The entire omentum was one mass of tubercular deposit. The intestines were extensively inflamed, but there was no ulceration.—Acting Assistant Surgeon Freeman Stoddard.