Title: Carson, James

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), 410.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the neckgunshot wounds of the neckwounds of the pharynx and œsophagusparalysis in gunshot wounds of the cervical region

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18478

TEI/XML: med.d1e18478.xml

CASE.—Private James Carson, Co. G, 95th Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 19 years, received, at Spottsylvania​, on May 12th, 1864, a gunshot wound of the neck. The missile, a conoidal ball, entered one and a half inches to the right of the seventh cervical vertebra, passed diagonally through and emerged just below the inferior maxilla, one inch from its angle, carrying away a small spicula of bone, involving the nerves and destroying, to some extent, the deep muscles of the side of the neck. The patient fell paralyzed on the reception of the wound, and was unable to move his limbs for half an hour, but he gradually regained the use of the lower extremities and the left arm, on the following day. He was, on May 25th, admitted to Harewood Hospital, Washington, and, on the 31st, transferred to Philadelphia, where he was admitted into the Convalescent Hospital. Simple dressings were applied to the wound. On June 22d, he was transferred to the Turner's Lane Hospital, where, on September 5th, a small piece of necrosed bone was removed. He was discharged the service on December 9th, 1864, and pensioned.