Title: Eastman, Frank

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), 413.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the neckgunshot wounds of the neckwounds of the pharynx and œsophagusgunshot wounds of the lateral cervical regionsloughing and gangrenedeafness in one eardischarge of matter from Eustachian tube

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18501

TEI/XML: med.d1e18501.xml

CASE.—Private Frank Eastman, Co. D, 6th New Hampshire Volunteers, aged 18 years, was wounded before Petersburg, Virginia, April 2d, 1865, by a fragment of shell, which entered near the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebra and emerged in front of the ear on the right side. He was treated in field hospital, and, on the 4th, transferred, per steamer Cosmopolitan, to Washington, entering Harewood Hospital on the 5th. The wounds of entrance and exit were greatly lacerated, and in a sloughing condition. After the eschars separated, he steadily improved, from the first, without any apparent constitutional disturbance, the wound discharging healthy pus and granulating finely. On May 15th, he was transferred to Webster Hospital, Manchester, New Hampshire, whence he was discharged from service on July 24th, 1865. Pension Examiner C. H. Boynton reports, November 13th, 1865, that the patient suffers from deafness in the right ear, and pain and dizziness. There was a daily discharge of matter from the mouth, coming through the right Eustachian tube. He was unable to labor. The appearance of the wounds, on admission, are imperfectly represented in the wood-cut (FIG. 185), a reduced copy of an excellent photograph.

FIG. 185.—Sloughing shell-wound of neck, Phot. of Surg. Cases, A. M. M., Vol. I, pg. 21.