Title: Morris, Reuben

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), 550.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestoperations on the chestligationsligations of the intercostal arteryopening into chest obstructed by coagula or sloughssecondary hæmorrhagegunshot wound between tenth and eleventh ribs

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19918

TEI/XML: med.d1e19918.xml

CASE.—Private Reuben Morris, Co. K, 142d Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 25 years, received a gunshot wound of the left side, between the tenth and eleventh ribs, at Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 12th, 1862. He was treated in the field and was transferred to Finley Hospital, Washington, on the 24th, and to Convalescent Hospital, Philadelphia, on January 11th, 1863. On January 20th, secondary hæmorrhage occurred from the intercostal artery to the amount of four ounces. Acting Assistant Surgeon Edward L. Duer, tied the artery at one extremity in the wound; the hæmorrhage did not recur. After the ligation the wound was filled with subnitrate of bismuth and a compress applied. This dressing was allowed to remain seventy-two hours, when the slough came away with the dressing and the sore presented a perfectly healthy appearance. He was discharged from service June 13th, 1863. The case is reported by Assistant Surgeon V. B. Hubbard, U. S. A. Examining Surgeon Charles Mace, of Scranton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, reported, June 22d, 1863: "Morris was wounded through his left side, fracturing two ribs. Disability one-half." He was last paid on March 3d, 1872.