Title: Merchant, George B.

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), 351.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the facegunshot wounds of the facegunshot fractures of the facial bonesfractures involving upper and lower maxillæsecondary hæmorrhagecommon carotid ligatedfracture of lower maxillalimited use of one arminjury during arterial ligation

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e17958

TEI/XML: med.d1e17958.xml

CASE.—Sergeant George B. Merchant, Co. K, 4th Ohio Volunteers, aged 33 years, received at the battle of Spottsylvania​, Virginia, May 10, 1864, a gunshot wound of neck, with fracture of inferior maxilla. He was admitted to Douglas Hospital, Washington, on May 13th, 1864. General health good. Secondary hæmorrhage occurred, to the amount of eighteen fluid ounces, probably from internal maxilla. On May 15th the right common carotid was ligated by Assistant Surgeon William Thomson, U. S. A. On May 30th, it was again ligated. On May 31st, ligature came away. He recovered, and was returned to duty on June 19th, 1864. The case is reported by the operator. The patient is a pensioner. Examiner L. M. Whiting reports, September 20th, 1864, that more than half of the ramus of the right side of the lower jaw is gone, and that there is very limited use of the right arm, owing to some injury during the ligation.