Title: Douglas, Sewell T.
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), 195.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e9700
CASE 405.—Sergeant Sewell T. Douglas, Co. G, 1st Maine Heavy Artillery, aged 28 years, was wounded at the battle of Spottsylvania, May 19, 1864, and was admitted to Emory Hospital, at Washington, May 22, 1864. A musket ball entering posteriorly, had fractured the lower third of the left femur and lodged in the medullary cavity. The injured limb was placed on a double-inclined plane and moderate extension was used. Internally, stimulants and tonics were employed. In August, 1864, the patient suffered from severe diarrhœa. There was a copious ill-conditioned discharge from the wound. The patient died September 26, 1864, from exhaustion, and, at the autopsy, a deposition of callus was found at the seat of in jury, enclosing several necrosed splinters and a battered musket-ball. The specimen (FIG. 159) was contributed to the Army Medical Museum by Acting Assistant Surgeon J. M. Downs.