Title: Morton, Darius

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), 125.

Keywords:on special wounds and injuries of the headwounds and injuries of the headgunshot woundsgunshot contusions of the cranial bonescontusion of the skull without fracturetrephiningnecrosed fragments removed by formal operationsgunshot wound of scalp with contusioncompression of brain supervened

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e9056

TEI/XML: med.d1e9056.xml

MORTON, DARIUS, Private, Co. F, 9th New York Cavalry, was wounded in a skirmish during General Pleasonton's raid into Virginia, and was admitted, on November 12th, 1862, to the Armory Square Hospital, Washington, with a gunshot wound of the scalp, with contusion. No particulars of the treatment are recorded. Compression of the brain supervened, and the operation of trephining was performed by Surgeon D. W. Bliss, U. S. V. The symptoms of compression were not relieved, and the patient died on November 18th, 1862. The pathological specimen was forwarded to the Army Medical Museum. It consists of a segment of the right parietal bone, of a very thin calvaria​, trephined near the coronal suture. The outer table of the bone surrounding the perforation is porous and cribriform, and there are traces of contusion of the disk removed. There are no pathological appearances on the inner table. The specimen, which is represented in the adjacent wood-cut, (FIG. 44,) was contributed by the operator, Surgeon D. W. Bliss, U. S. V.

FIG. 44.—Segment of the right parietal, trephined near the coronal suture. Spec. 334, Sect. I, A. M. M.