Title: Brown, Alexander

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), 82-83.

Keywords:on special wounds and injuries of the headwounds and injuries of the headgunshot woundsgunshot wounds of the scalphæmorrhage, hemorrhagesecondary hemorrhage from wounds of scalpfatal terminationconoidal musket ball entered in front of ear, passed downward and backwards, emerged below occiputhemorrhage from occipital artery

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e4979

TEI/XML: med.d1e4979.xml

CASE.—Private Alexander Brown, Co. B, 14th New York State Militia, aged 33 years, was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, May 8th, 1864, by a conoidal musket ball, which entered in front of the left ear, passed downward and backwards, and emerged about one inch below the occiput. He was admitted into the field hospital of the Fourth Division, Fifth Army Corps, on the same day, and a few days later sent to Alexandria, and was admitted, on May 12th, to the Second Division Hospital. Simple dressings were used. On May 19th, hæmorrhage took place from the occipital artery, and, though temporarily checked, the arterial bleeding recurred on the 20th, and, on the 21st, about thirty-eight ounces of blood were believed to have been lost altogether. Compression and astringents were the measures unavailingly employed. The patient died on May 21st, 1864. The case is reported by Surgeon T. Rush Spencer, U. S. V.