Title: Ricker, Henry J.

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), 481.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestgunshot wounds of the chestpenetrating gunshot wounds of the chestpenetrating and perforating wounds without fractureball lodged against body of vertebra above diaphragmcollapse of lung after gunshot perforationball passed between second and third ribs, through base of lung without injuring large vesselsnecropsy performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19304

TEI/XML: med.d1e19304.xml

CASE.—Private Henry J. Ricker, Co. H, 10th Maine Volunteers, was wounded at Cedar Mountain, Virginia, August 9th, 1862, by a round ball, which entered two inches below the right acromion, passed between the second and third ribs, through the base of the right lung without injuring the large vessels, and lodged against the body of the vertebra just above the diaphragm. On the 12th, he was admitted to Fairfax Street Hospital. On admission, there was severe dyspnœa. Death resulted on August 17th, 1862. The necropsy revealed the course of the ball; the right lung was found to be completely collapsed and the pleural sac contained one hundred and twenty ounces of bloody fluid. The missile, represented in the wood cut (FIG. 217), with a history of the case, was forwarded by Acting Assistant Surgeon James Robertson.

FIG 217.—Slightly contused rifle ball.Spec. 4463, Sect. I, A. M. M.