Private Thomas McCall of Company A, 4th New York Infantry was seriously wounded by a gunshot to his left arm at Antietam on 17 September 1862. He had surgical procedures to remove pieces of bone and bullet and the wounds healed enough that he was discharged for disability in December 1862. By May 1863, though, the bone was deteriorating and he had pneumonia. He died from that and his “suppurating” gunshot wound on 24 August 1863.

Private McCall’s medical treatment after Antietam is detailed in the Army Surgeon General’s Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1870), an extract seen here.

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