banner specimen donated by the Army Medical Museum

The Anatomy and Pathology Museum suffered a serious setback in 1907 when a fire destroyed much of the medical building, including all the anatomy collection and two-thirds of the pathology one. Abbott sent an appeal to various museums in the Newsletter of the recently established International Association of Medical Museums, and between April 1907 and July 1910, approximately 3,000 specimens were donated. Among the material donated were the skeletal remains of soldiers from the American Civil War.

Below is one of these specimens. A conoidal ball, apex downward, is present in a depression in the posterior part of the body and anterior part of the left lamina of the 5th lumbar vertebra, having apparently entered through the 4th and 5th intervertebral foramen The bodies of the vertebrae are ankylosed together. The soldier was 40 years-old when wounded and died 18 years later of unknown cause. An additional 25 specimens can be seen in the list below

lumber vertebrae with bullet

Specimen 1
Gunshot fracture of femur, Petersburg, July 30, 1864.
Specimen 2
Gunshot fracture of ankle, Second Battle of Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863.
Specimen 3
Fracture of femur, Fair Oaks, June 1, 1862.
Specimen 4
Fracture of humerus, Second Battle of Bull Run, August 30, 1862.
Specimen 5
Fractures of ribs, Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.
Specimen 6
Gunshot fracture of skull, Battle of Bristow Station, October 14, 1863.
Specimen 7
Gunshot fracture of femur, Gaines' Mill, June 27, 1862.
Specimen 8
Fracture of humerus, Battle of the Weldon Railroad, August 25, 1864.
Specimen 9
Musket ball injury of knee joint, North Ana River, May 22, 1864.
Specimen 10
Gunshot injury of femur, near Ellisford, December 1, 1863.
Specimen 11
Fracture of humerus, Petersburg, June 18, 1864.
Specimen 12
Tubular sequestrum of amputated femur, Battle of Cold Harbour, June 3, 1864.
Specimen 13
Fracture of tibia, Battle of Missionary Ridge, November 25, 1863.
Specimen 14
Fracture of fibula, unknown injury, September 16, 1862.
Specimen 15
Gunshot fracture of femur, Battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863.
Specimen 16
Gunshot fracture of femur, Siege of Port Hudson, June 14, 1863.
Specimen 17
Forearm, Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863.
Specimen 18
Fracture of femur, Third Battle of Winchester, September 19, 1864.
Specimen 19
Gunshot fracture of tibia and of fibula, unknown battlefield, 1862.
Specimen 20
Gunshot fracture of humerus, Antietam, September 17, 1862.
Specimen 21
Femur, Spanish Fort, March 28, 1865.
Specimen 22
Femur, Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864.
Specimen 23
Fracture of femur by rifle ball, November 28, 1863.
Specimen 24
Gunshot splinter of tibia, First Battle of Cold Harbour, June 3, 1862.

Specimen 25
Fracture of tibia and fibula, Second Battle of Cold Harbour, June 3, 1864.



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