Title: Leonard, Charles H.

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), 272.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the headtrephining after gunshot fractures of the skull

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e16835

TEI/XML: med.d1e16835.xml

CASE.—Private Charles H. Leonard, Co. H, 57th Massachusetts Volunteers, aged 22 years, was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, May 6th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which fractured the left parietal bone at its eminence. He was conveyed to Washington, and entered Columbian Hospital on May 11th. The wound was in good condition, the bone being slightly fractured but not depressed, but the patient was nearly comatose and greatly prostrated. On May 15th, Acting Assistant Surgeon H. D. Vosburgh removed portions of the left parietal bone with the trephine, and then took out a fragment of the inner table, which was lying loose on the dura mater. Stimulants and nourishment were freely administered, but the coma became gradually more complete, and the patient died on May 17th, 1864, from cerebritis.