Title: Kochendoffer, Charles

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), 505.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestgunshot wounds of the chestpenetrating gunshot wounds of the chesttreatment by hermetically sealingball entered above and external to nipple, exit near spine of scapulaball passed through lung

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19630

TEI/XML: med.d1e19630.xml

CASE.—Private Charles Kochendoffer, Co. E, 74th New York Volunteers, was wounded at Manassas Gap, July 23d, 1863, by a conoidal musket ball, which entered one inch and a half above and external to the right nipple, and passed upward and backward through the lung, making its exit on the dorsal aspect of the right scapula, near the outer portion of its spine. The wounds were closed by silver sutures and hermetically sealed with collodion dressing by Assistant Surgeon B. Howard, U. S. A., on the field. Being conveyed to Washington, the patient was admitted into the Mount Pleasant Hospital on July 30th, 1863, in the following condition: breathing, short and labored; pulse, 130 per minute and small; countenance anxious; cold, cadaverous skin, and every appearance of confirmed collapse. On the removal of the dressings, a profuse discharge of sanious fœtid pus occurred, which temporarily relieved the dyspnœa; but in spite of stimulants the patient sank rapidly, and died on August 1st, 1863. The case is reported by Assistant Surgeon C. A. McCall, U. S. A.