Title: Holden, S. A.

Source text: The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65.), Part 2, Volume 2 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1876), 129.

Keywords:injuries of the abdomenpenetrating wounds of the abdomenwounds of the liverpunctured and incised woundspenetrating wound of liverstab by sabre, entered right hypochondrium below ribs, penetrated liverabscess of liverventral hernia protruded at site

Civil War Washington ID: med.d2e31514

TEI/XML: med.d2e31514.xml

CASE 310.—Corporal S. A. Holden, Co. D, 1st Maine Cavalry, aged 19 years, received, at Upperville, Virginia, June 21, 1863, a stab by sabre, which entered the right hypochondrium at the side, two inches below the ribs, penetrating the liver. He was taken to a neighboring field hospital in charge of Assistant Surgeon K. A. Dodson, 1st Maryland Cavalry. There was not much bleeding, but great tympanitic distension, which subsided on the tenth day, and was followed by an abscess of the liver. This was incised anteriorly, on July 13th, and a profusion of pus was evacuated. The patient was supported by a sustaining regimen, and, on August 2nd, was sufficiently convalescent to bear transportation to the 3d division hospital at Alexandria. The wound had healed, but he was very weak. He improved rapidly, and was returned to duty on October 7, 1863; but, being unfit for active service, he was sent to Armory Square Hospital on March 20, 1864. A ventral hernia had protruded at the site of the cicatrix.