91st PA--men in the National Home, 1897

91st PA--National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1897

Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1897. Serial Set volume 3664, session volume 36, 55th Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 27]
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Descriptive list of members admitted to the Wisconsin Soldiers' Home during the year ending June 30, 1897.
Name.Company and regiment.Rank.Length of service.Nativity.Age.Pension per month.Disability.Admitted fromOccupationMarried or singleRead and writeWhen admittedStatus
Lofft, William HC, 91st Pa. InfPvt.15New York5910ht. disMilwaukeeCarpenterdo [sc. Married]YesAug. 26, 1896[blank]

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NameCompanyRankLength of service (months)NativityAgePension per monthDisabilityAdmitted fromWhen admittedStatus
91st Infantry:
Carney, WilliamEP.16Ire486her.Pa.14, 6, 94S. dis. 22, 4, 97.
Coster, George GKC.46Pa.5712hemhds.Pa.22, 6, 97C. pre.
Donnelly, JosephDP.13Pa.5010g.s.w.r.ft.Pa.19, 8, 96S. pre.
Evans, John LGS.56Pa.658g.s.w.Pa.13, 8, 96S. dis. 9, 4, 97.
Jacobs, Henry MBP.6Pa.556rheu.Pa.25, 10, 95S. dis. 9, 1, 97.
Smith, Joseph ECP.37Pa.5210g.s.w.r.a.Pa.5, 11, 80C. dec. 7, 5, 97.
Vance, DavidBP.30Ire.5412rheu.Pa.11, 1, 87S. dec. 11, 8, 96

[some abbreviations, from page 637]
dates are day, month, year

g s w = gunshot wound
g s w r a = [gunshot wound right arm]
g s w r ft = [gunshot wound right foot]
hemhds = hemorrhoids
her = hernia
rheu = rheumatism

C = Central Branch
E = Eastern Branch
NW = Northwestern Branch
S = Southern Branch
W = Western Branch
P = Pacific Branch
M = Marion Branch

dec = deceased
dis = discharged
dpd = dropped
pre = present
GIA = Government Insane Asylum

dec = deceased
dis = discharged
pre = present

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History.--Jesse Vance, late corporal Company D, Ninety-first Pennsylvania Infantry; age, 71; social condition, widower; color, white; Home No., 1479; hospital No. 482; was admitted to the Home September 27, 1893.

Disabilities recognized at the time consisting of rheumatism, hoarseness, slight deafness of right ear. Remained in the Home till May 17, 1894. On October 1, 1895, patient was readmitted to the Home. Disabilities reocgnized consisted of rheumatism, deafness of right ear, catarrhal pharyngitis, and bronchitis. Voice, quite husky. These conditions increased, with the exception of rheumatism, till April, 1896, when his voice was entirely gone, speaking only in a whisper, and complained of difficulty in swallowing. In the passage of an oesophageal bougie it was found that the lumen of oesophagus was obstructed to one-half normal, a No. 3, 2/16 inch, being passed with difficulty, being obstructed with what seemed to be two strictures, first 7 inches from teeth, or about upper sternum, second about an inch below the first.

The treatment consisted of regular dilatation by oesophical bougies, with local analgesica. Counter irritants, antiseptic gargles, diatetic, etc.

The obstruction continued to increase. Smaller bougies were used, but finally it closed so it would not admit of the passage of the smallest.

For the last three weeks patient was unable to take any solid food, and as a result great emaciation followed. During the last week any liquid which was attempted to swallow caused paroxysms of coughing with regurgitation of the liquid, and it is doubtful whether any passed to the stomach. Patient died September 23, 1896.

Autopsy.--No outward signs of any diagnostic value were detected on examination. Subject had the appearance of not being over 65 years of age.

On removing the oesophagus in connection with trachea and larynx, an indurated mass, size of walnut, was found 3 inches below the glottis, or about an inch below larynx, on posterior wall of oesophagus, between it and muscles of neck and slightly to right side. This obstructed the lumen of oesophagus by pressing the posterior against the anterior wall. Directly opposite this mass, in the anterior wall, an ulcer with ragged edges an inch in diameter was found which had ulcerated through both the anterior wall of oesophagus and posterior wall of trachea, together with three of the cartilaginous rings of trachea, thus forming an open passage from oesophagus to trachea below larynx. Six inches below this opening, and about 3 inches from cardiac end of stomach, another indurated mass about an inch in length and nearly encircling the oesophagus was found. This had not reached sufficient size to interfere with or obstruct the lumen.

No microscopic examination of these masses were [sic] made, but they had every appearance of being tubercular.

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