Title: Burroughs, George R.

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), 346.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the facegunshot wounds of the facegunshot fractures of the facial bonesfractures involving upper and lower maxillæsecondary hæmorrhagefracture of lower maxilla

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17818

TEI/XML: med.d1e17818.xml

CASE.—Sergeant George R. Burroughs, Co. G, 12th New Jersey Volunteers, aged 23 years, was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor, June 3d, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which fractured the ramus of the inferior maxilla. The missile entered at the middle of the ramus on the right side, and emerged below the angle on the left side, wounding the lingual and facial arteries. He was, on June 15th, admitted to Harewood Hospital, Washington. Secondary hæmorrhage from the lingual and facial arteries occurred June 17th, amounting to eighteen ounces of blood. Hæmorrhage recurred on the 20th. Free incisions were made in the course of the wound, and coagulated blood and pus cleaned out thoroughly; the hæmorrhage thereupon ceased. The constitutional treatment throughout was supporting. Died June 22d, 1864. Patient seemed to have died from exhaustion superinduced by profuse and protracted suppuration, rather than from the immediate effects of the hæmorrhage. The case is reported by Surgeon R. B. Bontecou, U. S. V.