Title: Drake, F. M.

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), 556.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestoperations on the chestligationsligations of the axillaryligations of branches of the axillaryphagedemic condition of woundsubscapular artery completely sloughedfatal secendary secondary hæmorrhagepost-mortem examination performed

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e19990

TEI/XML: med.d1e19990.xml

CASE.—Private F. M. Drake, Co. D, 35th North Carolina Regiment, aged 27 years, was struck by a musket ball, at Petersburg, June 16th, 1864, three inches below the left clavicle. The missile made its exit at the posterior border of the left axilla. He was made a prisoner, and sent to Lincoln Hospital on June 25th. He had full extra diet and simple dressings, and nothing of importance occurred until July 10th, when there was profuse arterial bleeding from the exit orifice, stanched by plugging the track of the ball with pledgets of charpie dipped in solution of persulphate of iron, and applying compresses tightly bandaged in the arm-pit. Bleeding recurred, and the patient died on July 12th, 1864. The post-mortem dissection revealed a phagedemic condition of the posterior part of the wound, and the subscapular artery was completely sloughed through at its origin. The specimen was contributed by Acting Assistant Surgeon H. M. Dean; the notes of the case by Acting Assistant Surgeon Thaddeus L. Leavitt, U. S. V.

FIG. 255.—Portions of left axillary and brachial, showing the sloughing off of the subscapular at its origin. Spec. 2835, Sect. I, A. M. M.