Private Patrick McCormic was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his face in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. The bullet entered his mouth, broke his upper jaw, then passed down and back through his neck nicking his carotid artery. He died early on the 29th in a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD.

Some of poor McCormic’s surgery is described in this excerpt from the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1870).

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