Title: Hussey, Michael

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), 751.

Keywords:wounds and complicationsshot woundseffects of missiles and projectiles on blood-vesselsblood vesselsball entered thigh, eluded or pushed aside femoral vessels, escaped posteriorly in gluteal furrowshot wound of forehead

Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e25058

TEI/XML: med.d2e25058.xml

CASE 1094.—Private Michael Hussey, Co. D, 37th New York, aged 32 years, was wounded, while on picket, at Occoquan, Virginia, February 24, 1862. Surgeon W. O'Meagher, 37th New York, reported:¹ "The ball entered the right thigh near the lower angle of Scarpa's space, eluded or pushed aside the femoral vessels, passed upward, and escaped posteriorly in the gluteal furrow. Very little hæmorrhage occurred, though he walked a considerable distance back to the picket station. A plug of scraped lint was inserted into each opening and a roller bandage applied, this being kept wet with an evaporating lotion. Next day he was removed to the regimental hospital, and for two weeks following little more was done except to apply a poultice. By this time he was able to walk about, no bad symptom having occurred to mar his speedy convalescence." On March 5, 1862, he was transferred to the Mansion House Hospital, Alexandria, whence he was returned to duty August 7, 1862. He continued in service until June 8, 1865, receiving at Petersburg, on May 9, 1864, a shot wound of the forehead. In February, 1882, Hussey was an applicant for pension.

¹ O'MEAGHER (W.), Cases in Military Surgery; Gunshot Wound of Thigh, narrow escape of Femoral Vessels, in American Medical Times, 1862, Vol. IV, p. 205.