CASE 603.—Private J. Wheeler, Co. E, 97th New York, was wounded at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. Surgeon C. J. Nordquist, 83d New York, recorded his admission to the field hospital of the 2d division, First Corps, with "shot wound of knee; patella removed." On December 25th, the wounded man was admitted to the Patent Office Hospital, Washington, whence Assistant Surgeon G. W. Hoover, 132d Pennsylvania, reported that the patient died from the effects of a "wound of the left knee joint," February 1, 1863.³

³ In response to the editor's letter of inquiry. Dr. R. S. Dana, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, formerly Surgeon 107th Pennsylvania, wrote under date March 23, 1868: "Private Jerome Wheeler I cannot be so positive about, but think that he was operated on by Drs. Nordquist and Coxe, Surgeons of New York regiments, and that in his case the joint was penetrated by a ball, and the operation consisted in the removal of the upper portion of the head of the tibia and the opposing surface of the condyles of the femur, calculating that bony union and a fixed knee would result, shortening the limb from 1 to 1½ inches. The result of the operation we know nothing about, as the hospital was cleared as rapidly as possible."