Hotel Surgical Operation Attended by ManyPosted: June 7, 2011
Transcription of an Article in the Easton Express, dated 7 September 1863.
Captain Harry Young of Company H Glantz’s Regiment, who was so severely wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, that he was reported dead- and has been suffering the most intense pain ever since in consequence of the bullet not being removed, was operated upon on Saturday last by Dr. Field, in the presents of forty or fifty persons.
The bullet entered the mouth on the right side, fracturing the lower jaw, destroying all the teeth in its course, it passed around the root of the tongue and coign in contact with the vertebra its course was directed downward, and lodged beneath the great vessels and nerves of the neck. The patient was placed under the influence of chloroform and an extensive dissection of the neck made, exposing and turning aside all the great arteries, veins, and nerves and the bullet reached and extracted a distance of at least six inches from the surface; it proved to be an ounce Minnie ball which was indented and battered no little in its course of destination. During the entire operation, the Captain was motionless and when he revived, he inquired of the Dr. “when he was going to commence.” The brave Captain prizes the rebel bullet very highly, and declares that he would not part with it for a thousand dollars.
The operation was preformed at the hotel of Captain Seigfried, where those who desire, may see Captain Young and the bullet which was removed from him.
Dr. Field has several other operations, of the same character, to perform during the present week.