Title: C——, David A.

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), 432.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the spinegunshot wounds of the spinefractures of the cervical vertebraeparalysis of both lower extremitiesparalysis of arm and handunable to retain urine and fecesball entered side of neck, passed through vertebrae

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18706

TEI/XML: med.d1e18706.xml

CASE.—Private David A. C——, Co. D, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, aged 27 years, was wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, March 31st, 1865, by a conoidal ball, which entered on the left side of the neck and passed through the vertebræ, producing paralysis of the lower extremities and left arm and hand. He was taken to the field hospital of the 1st division, Second Corps, where simple dressings were applied to the wound, and he was sent, after several days, to Harewood Hospital, Washington. On admission, the condition of the injured parts appeared to be tolerably good, but the constitutional state of the patient was very low; he was entirely unable to move his limbs, and, at times, to retain his urine and feces. He remained in this condition, notwithstanding the free use of tonics, stimulants, and a supporting treatment throughout, and gradually sank and died on April 29th, 1865, from exhaustion. The pathological specimen is No. 4346, Section I, A. M. M., and was contributed, with a history of the case, by Surgeon R. B. Bontecou, U. S. V.