Title: Roberts, Erastus

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), 583.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestoperations on the chestexcisionsballs and foreign bodies lodgedfourth rib fracturedhæmothoraxball entered near fourth rib between scapula and spinal column, penetrated chestball in thoracic cavityball penetrating thorax and passing through lung, reflected from pleural surface of opposite costal wall

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e20239

TEI/XML: med.d1e20239.xml

CASE 4.—Private Erastus Roberts, Co. H, 12th Illinois Cavalry, aged 18 years, was wounded at Rappahannock Station, Virginia, October 12th, 1863, by a conoidal ball, which entered near fourth rib, between right scapula and spinal column, and penetrated the chest. He was admitted to Emory Hospital, Washington, on the next day. There was severe pain in the right lung and great dyspnœa; absence of respiratory murmur in right side. The treatment consisted of dressings, bandage around thorax, and opiates. He died October 15th, 1863. Autopsy showed rib fractured at place of wound; cavity of right chest full of blood; right lung collapsed but not wounded; the ball was found in the right thoracic cavity. Spec. No. 4496, Sect. I, A. M. M., is an elongated conoidal ball, notched at the apex and longitudinally grooved on one side of the body, and was contributed, with a history of the case, by Acting Assistant Surgeon A. M. Plant.