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Pvt. James P. Kegerreis, SP 289, National Museum of Health and Medicine

A case of recovery after the excision of the humerus for gunshot injury involving the trachea, clavicle, and shoulder joint. Pvt. James P. Kegerreis, Company B, 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. Wounded at the Battle of Petersburg, Va, 17 June 17 1864 by a conoidal ball which entered 3/4" below the thyroid cartilage and to the left of the trachea, passed a little downwards and to the right under the jugular vein, carrying away one of the wings of the trachea and emerging 1/2" above the clavicle, 3" from point of entrance, was deflected in its course by hitting the butt of the musket and again entered in front of the right clavicle 2" from the acromial end, passing through the surgical neck of the humerus, and emerging near the center of the deltoid muscle.


Date: Undated

Photo ID: SP 289

Source Collection: OHA 82 -- Surgical Photographs

Repositor: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Historical Archives

Rights: No known restrictions upon publication, physical copy retained by National Museum of Health and Medicine. Publication and high resolution image requests should be directed to NMHM (


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Taken on February 22, 2009