Title: McRae, Andrew

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), 585.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the chestoperations on the chestexcisionsballs and foreign bodies lodgedremoval of missile from pulmonary parenchymapleuritic adhesions of the woundmissile entered below clavicle, penetrated lungdisability total for two years

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e20280

TEI/XML: med.d1e20280.xml

CASE 12.—Sergeant Andrew McRae, 5th Maine Battery, aged 30 years, received a gunshot penetrating wound of the chest at Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 3d, 1863. The missile entered two inches below the right clavicle and penetrated the right lung. He was treated in the field until the 9th, when he entered Carver Hospital, Washington, whence he was discharged from service February 18th, 1864. Pension Examiner T. B. Smith reports, under date of February 19th, 1864: "The ball entered the right side of the chest, between the second and third ribs, one inch from the sternum, perforated the lung, and was extracted through the wound of entrance. The lung is still unsound, health bad, cough, &c. Disability total for two years." Pension Examiner W. D. Stewart reported, September 26th, 1867, that the scar was small and looked healthy. General health good; disability none. On February 26th, 1872, Pension Examiner J. O. Stanton, reexamined McRae and stated that there was "some dulness​ on percussion over upper portion of right lung, with diminished respiration; he has a hard dry cough. The action of the heart is much increased. There are evidently pleuritic adhesions in the region of the wound, and he has, in my opinion, chronic bronchitis; all caused, no doubt, by the wound. Disability three-fourths and uncertain."