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Warren Wolf

Medical Report and Report of Death of J. W. Wolf, 4th Virginia Infantry. Wounded First Manassas, July 21, 1861.

Private J. H. Wolf, Co. D, 4th Virginia, had his femur fractured at the battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, by a musket ball, which traversed the upper part of the thigh in an antero-posterior direction, and striking the femur four inches below the trochanlers, shattered it quite up to the neck. The patient was removed to Charlottesville, and was received in the general hospital at that place on July 24th. The fracture was treated by Smith's anterior suspensory splint, and this mode of dressing proved very serviceable for a time. The inflammatory phenomena did not abate, however, and after four weeks it was decided that removal of the limb at the coxo-femoral articulation alone afforded a hope of preserving the patient's life. On August 21st the operation was performed by Brigadier General Edward Warren, Surgeon General of North Carolina, and was rapidly executed by the double flap method, with inconsiderable haemorrhage. On the following day there was sli ght haemorrhage. Death from exhaustion ensued on August 23, 1801, thirty hours after the operation. The constitutional condition of the patient was unfavorable, and he was suffering from colliquative diarrhoea. Died Aug. 23, 1861, from exhaustion.

SOURCE: Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. Volume 2, Part 3.

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