Title: Bearden, M. D.
Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65.), Part 3, Volume 2 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1883), 620.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e23826
CASE 898.—Captain M. D. Bearden, Co. D, 6th Tennessee, aged 34 years, was wounded in the left foot, at the Chattahoochee River, July 1, 1864, and was admitted to Lookout Mountain Hospital near Chattanooga eight days afterwards. Surgeon L. D. Harlow, U. S. V., reported: "A conical ball fractured the cuboid bone and lodged in the centre of the foot under the scaphoid bone. The foot became greatly swollen and inflamed, particularly on the inner side, and the patient, who had been a strong and robust man previous to the injury, grew weak, feverish, and irritable. On August 27th an abscess which had formed on the internal surface was opened, and the ball was extracted through the opening. Chloroform was used during the operation. Rapid improvement followed." The patient subsequently entered the Officer's Hospital at Knoxville, where he was mustered out of service April 27, 1865, and pensioned. The Knoxville Examining Board certified to anchylosis resulting from the injury. The Pension Office Examining Board, Washington, D. C., reported the pensioner's condition March 11, 1881, as follows: "This man can do no manual labor. The ankle and leg to the knee are much enlarged, and the lower two-thirds of the tibia and soft parts are much diseased. He has to use crutches at times to walk, and a stout cane at all times. He is very lame, and from the great ulceration of the bone and soft parts must suffer constant pain."