Hall, Mark P.
Age: 22, credited to Cabot, VTVITALS
Birth: 01/04/1838, Calais, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
East Cabot Cemetery, Cabot, VT
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Case 300. - Private John Rice, Co. F, 10th Vt.; age 23; was admitted from field hospital at Sandy Hook, Aug. 27, 1864, in a low condition, lying dull and inattentive, complaining of exquisite pain in the abdomen and having frequent mucous discharges from the bowels. Hoffmann's anodyne was prescribed and a large poultice applied over the abdomen. On the 30th there was'much headache, which continued on the 31st; on this day the discharges were controlled by enemata containing lead and opium. September 1 the symptoms were more favorable, the skin less harsh and sometimes perspiring, the pulse less rapid and not so weak, but there were occasional recurrences of febrile action. Beef-tea, wine and citrate of iron and quinine were given, with opiate enemata and woolen packing to the abdomen instead of the poultice; turpentine was also administered. The patient's appetite was good, but he remained very weak and his tongue continued red and dry. Towards the end of September the febrile symptoms returned, assuming the tertian type, and the diarrhoea continued. On October 3 the patient became dull and was aroused with difficulty; the dejections were passed involuntarily and were mixed with blood and pu.s; bed-sores appeared on the hips. Wine and stimulants were freely given, but the patient grew worse rapidly, and died on the 14th. Post-mortem investigation showed the coats of the large intestine extensively thickened, its calibre diminished and its mucous tissue destroyed in patches by ulceration; these patches were most numerous in the sigmoid flexure, where perforation had taken place, the orifice being two-thirds of an inch in diameter. The mucous coat of the ileum was eroded and the agminated and solitary glands ulcerated; the jejunum was inflamed in patches. - Ass't Surg. C. Bacon, jr., U. S. A., Annapolis Hospital, Md.
Joseph K. Barnes, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65), Part 3, Volume 1 (Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1883), pp. 403-404.