Title: Mackey, John

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), 554.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestoperations on the chestligationsligations of the axillary arteryattempt to tie vessel unsuccessfulaxillary artery divided where it becomes brachial arteryerysipelas and extravasation

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19959

TEI/XML: med.d1e19959.xml

CASE 6.—Sergeant John Mackey, Co. I, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers, aged 23 years, was admitted to Mount Pleasant Hospital, Washington, May 29th, 1864, with a gunshot wound received at Cold Harbor, Virginia, on the 25th. The ball entered at the anterior aspect of left arm and made its exit at posterior and inferior border of scapula; the axillary artery was divided about where it becomes the brachial. June 5th: Arm and forearm immensely swollen from erysipelas and extravasation, and in a sloughing condition. The patient was nearly exhausted from excessive hæmorrhage from the axillary artery. Acting Assistant Surgeon H. Craft attempted to ligate the axillary artery. An incision of three inches was made along the border of the dorsal muscles, and the artery exposed. While in the act of taking it up the patient died. The case is reported by Assistant Surgeon C. A. McCall, U. S. A.