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

Reed Brockway Bontecou (American, 1824–1907)

April–May 1865
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 18.8 × 13 cm (7 3/8 × 5 1/8 in.), oval
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley B. Burns, M.D. and The Burns Archive, 1992
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  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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,
    Surgeon U. S, Vols., In charge."

  • Provenance

    Stanley B. Burns/The Burns Archive