Title: Thatcher, Thomas

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), 331.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the facegunshot wounds of the facegunshot wounds of the orbital regiongunshot wounds of the eye

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17476

TEI/XML: med.d1e17476.xml

CASE.—Private Thomas Thatcher, Co. K, 12th Ohio Volunteers, was wounded at Bull Run Bridge, August 27th, 1862, by a round musket ball, which entered the inner angle of the right eye, destroying that organ, passed obliquely downward and lodged at the angle of the left inferior maxilla. He was admitted to the Mansion House Hospital, Alexandria, where the ball was removed. The patient recovered and was discharged December 24th, 1862. The specimen and history of the case were contributed to the Army Medical Museum by Surgeon J. E. Summers, U. S. A. The ball, figured in the wood-cut (FIG. 158), is roughened and jagged, and there are bony particles embedded in the furrows. No application from this soldier appears upon the Pension Records, hence it may be hoped that his recovery was so complete that he did not require assistance.

FIG. 158.—Round musket ball, with bits of facial bones impacted. Spec. 4408, Sect. I, A. M. M.