Title: Beck, W. J.
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), 205.
Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e9951
CASE 416.—Private W. J. Beck, Co. D, 2d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, aged 18 years, was wounded at Petersburg, June 18, 1864. Surgeon M. K. Hogan, U. S. V., recorded his admission to the field hospital of the 1st division, Ninth Corps, with "shot wound of left thigh." Surgeon N. R. Moseley, U. S. V., reported the following: "The patient was admitted to Emory Hospital, Washington, June 24th, with fracture of the middle of the upper third of the left femur, caused by a minié ball, and resulting in resection, which operation was performed on the field on June 19th. The treatment consisted of cold-water dressings, and stimulants and nutritious diet. Death occurred July 8, 1864." The upper third of the injured femur was contributed to the Museum by Acting Assistant Surgeon W. H. Ensign, and is represented in the cut (FIG. 167). The specimen shows no bony deposit, and the shaft is stripped of periosteum for some distance below the seat of the injury.