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Private James H. Stokes, Company H, 185th New York Volunteers

Artist:
Reed Brockway Bontecou (American, 1824–1907)
Date:
April–May 1865
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 18.8 × 13 cm (7 3/8 × 5 1/8 in.), oval
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley B. Burns, M.D. and The Burns Archive, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.5137
Not on view
Inscription: Printed on label affixed to mount, verso: "James H. Stokes.
Hospital Number. 20,219.
James H. Stokes, Private, Co. H, 185th N. Y. Vols., aged 20, a native of New York, was admitted to Harewood U. S. A. Gen'l Hospital, April 2nd, 1865, from City Point. Wounded, March 29th, 1865, by a Minie ball at Gravelly Run, Va., gun shot wound of right forearm and elbow, the ball entering at anterior surface, upper third, making its exit from inner aspect of elbow joint, fracturing condyle of humerus in its course. When admitted, the arm and forearm were very much inflamed, and infiltrated with pus. April 3rd, 1865, made an incision one inch in length over joint, outer aspect. The wound made by the ball healed kindly but slowly. Gangrene attacked the incision, May 1st, 1865. Treated gangrene externally with turpentine and kerosine oil, internally with stimulants, tr. ferri chlor. and quinine, with nutritious diet. June 1st, 1865, arm doing well. Discharged, July 5th, 1865, with anchylosis of joint.
Harewood U. S. A. General Hospital,
R. B. BONTECOU,
Surgeon U. S, Vols., In charge."
Stanley B. Burns/The Burns Archive

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.

Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.

New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.

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