Title: R——, John

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), 353.

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 maxillaball lodged behind tonsilfractured inferior maxilla, divided carotid artery

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18018

TEI/XML: med.d1e18018.xml

CASE.—Private John R——, Co. B, 63d New York Volunteers, aged 30 years, was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, May 5th, 1864, by a conoidal ball, which fractured the inferior maxilla and divided the carotid artery, and lodged behind the tonsil. He was, on May 13th, admitted to Finley Hospital, Washington. Successive hæmorrhages from the internal wound in the fauces occurred May 14th, amounting to one pint of blood. Cold water dressings were applied to the wound. On May 31st, fragments of bone were removed, and the common carotid artery was ligated below the right omo-hyoid muscle by Surgeon G. L. Pancoast, U. S. V. The patient died June 1st, 1864, from secondary hæmorrhage. Specimens of the common carotid artery and inferior maxilla were contributed to the museum by the operator, and are Nos. 2481 and 2482.

FIG. 160.—Right ramus of lower jaw fractured by a musket ball. Spec. 2482, Sect. I, A. M. M.