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William A. Bradley, M.D.


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Assistant Surgeon William A. Bradley, United States Army, died February 27, 1869, at Point San Josť, San Francisco, California, of convulsions.


[Born in District of Columbia.Appointed from District of Columbia.]

Military History.Assistant Surgeon U. S. Army, October, 1861. With the Army of the Potomac, to December, 1862. Hospital duty, Washington, D. C., to February, 1864. In the Medical Director's Office, Washington, D. C. Brevet Captain and Major U. S. Army, for faithful and meritorious services during the war. En route to the Department of California, June, 1868, to —

Military History.—William A. Bradley, born in District of Columbia. Appointed from District of Columbia, Assistant Surgeon United States Army, October 22, 1861. With the Army of the Potomac, to December, 1862. Hospital duty, Washington, D. C., to February, 1864. In Medical Director's Office, Department of Washington, to June, 1869. At Point San Jose, California, to date of his death.

CASE 435.--Private S. C. Gage, Co. C, 15th New Jersey, aged 28 years, was admitted to Finley Hospital, Washington, May 8, 1863, with a gunshot penetrating wound of the chest and abdomen, received at Chancellorsville on the 3d. A conoidai musket ball had entered at the right side between the seventh and eighth ribs, nearer to the spine than to the sternum. Its course was inward, upward, and forward; and its exit two and a half inches to the inner side of the right nipple, between the fourth and fifth ribs. The liver was wounded in its passage as well as a portion of the lung. Bile was discharged for several days from the lower or entrance wound. On May 12th, at eleven o'clock at night, uncontrollable haemorrhage occurred, and death resulted in a short time, May 13, 1863. Assistant Surgeon William A. Bradley, U. S. A., reported the case.

CASE 564.--Private Lewis Vetter, Co. I, 1st New York Artillery, aged 32 years, was wounded at Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863. He remained at the field hospital until the 7th, when he was transferred to Finley Hospital, Washington. Here, Assistant Surgeon William A. Bradley, U. S. A., recorded the injury as a "shot wound of the right side." On June 2d, the man was transferred to Satterlee Hospital. The following notes of the case appear upon the case-book: "Gunshot wound of the anterior wall of the abdomen; the ball entered about one inch above the crest of the right ilium. The patient states that a portion of omentum protruded about six inches from the wound, and that the protrusion was tied arid replaced. The ligature still remains. Sulphate of copper dressings. June 16th, traction on the ligature was commenced by adhesive, strips, and water dressings were applied to the wound. On the 18th, the ligature came away. The patient had some diarrhœa on the 19th. On the 20th, cerate dressings were applied." The case appears to have progressed favorably, and on July 27th Vetter was returned to duty. He is not a pensioner.

When first placed as medical officer at this post, I found much tendency to Diarrhea and milder forms of dysentery, produced by the use of the river water, which holds both lime and magnesia in solution. This source of trouble ires been remedied for the future by having a well sunk in one of the bastions, which it is believed will afford a sufficient quantity of purer water, though its chemical constituents have not yet been ascertained by analysis.
Extract from the Report of Acting Assistant Surgeon WILLIAM A. BRADLEY, jr., U. S. A. Upton's hill, Virginia, September 30, 1861.

(The personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or may not be completely documented)

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