Case 94.- Private Theodore Somers, Com. D. 55th Mass; admitted Jan. 29, 1865. Dulness on precussion over the right lobe of the left lung; severe cough; free expctoration; anorexia; excessive nostalgia; pulse 120, full and Soft. 31st: Rolling about, looking anxious; wanting to die; refusing food and medicine. Died February 7. Post-mortem examination: Dark straw-colored liquid and lymph in pericardium. Apex of the left lung solid, lower auterior part crepitant but sloughy; lower lobe dark brownish- red and doughy; miliary tubercle in right lower lobe. Liver pale and fatty; spleen small; kidneys granular.- Third Division Hospital, Alexandria, Va.
I did not want to leave Private Theodore Somers as an autopsy about to happen but hit the limits of my historical ignorance of this period. Not familiar with the archives don’t know where to look yet.
Could not find any records, I also have to assume that the abbreviation Mass is Massachusetts = Company D. 55th Massachusetts infantry regiment.
It was an African American unit. Comprising freed men and runaway slaves.
3 posts Tomorrow.
(1) Medical treatment of nostalgia in more detail.
(2) Proposals to improve camp life and limit the occurrence of nostalgia
(3) Use a description of the 55th Massachusetts’s infantry regiments camp life as a general descriptive model.