Title: Thompson, W.

Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65.), Part 3, Volume 2 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1883), 851.

Keywords:wounds and complicationsgangreneshot wound of posterior aspect of legball passed upward, exited over the tibia below knee jointgangrene, on admissionpyæmiaamputated limb at lower third of thigh

Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e28887

TEI/XML: med.d2e28887.xml

CASE 1215.—Private W. Thompson, Co. H, 69th New York, aged 19 years, was admitted into Armory Square Hospital, Washington, April 1, 1865, with a shot wound of the posterior aspect of the right leg, received at Hatcher's Run, March 25, 1865. The ball passed upward and made its exit over the tibia five inches below the knee joint. Dry gangrene existed at the time of admission, owing to the circulation to the foot being cut off. On April 2d Surgeon D. W. Bliss, U. S. V., amputated the limb at the lower third of the thigh. Pyæmia supervened on April 12th, and the patient died from exhaustion April 15, 1865.