Title: King, Alvin G.

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), 350.

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

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17932

TEI/XML: med.d1e17932.xml

CASE.—Private Alvin G. King, Co. B, 11th New Hampshire Volunteers, aged 32 years, was wounded at the battle before Petersburg, September 30th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which entered above the arch of the zygoma, fracturing the superior maxilla, and cutting away a portion of the malar bones, all on the left side. He was on the same day conveyed to the hospital of the 2d division, Ninth Corps. On October 2d, he was admitted into the field hospital, Ninth Corps, and transferred to the 2d division hospital, Alexandria, where he was admitted October 12th. Cold water dressings were applied to the wound. Secondary hæmorrhage from a branch of the internal maxillary artery occurred October 19th, amounting to forty-eight ounces of blood. Styptics were applied, and stimulants and tonics administered. Hæmorrhage recurred every six hours. Patient died October 21st, 1864. The post-mortem examination revealed the ball embedded in the posterior nares. The case is reported by Surgeon Edwin Bentley, U. S. V.