The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 466
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
article on the philosophy of rain and was credited with the in-
vention of the silver core electrical conductor. His six papers on
post-mortem examination and twenty-four on popular errors of
medicine were published in the local newspaper, but these files
have not been found.'1
With the beginning of the Civil War, Hachenberg visited the
hospitals of the Army of the Potomac and those at Washington,
Georgetown, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati. On May 13, 1862, he
was assigned to the battlefield at Pittsburg Landing. He continued
in this capacity at Princeton, West Virginia. On July 4, 1862, he
was commissioned assistant surgeon in the United States Army
and served as a field surgeon in the second battle of Bull Run, at
South Mountain, and at Antietam. He then organized and was in
charge of the post hospital at Clarksburg, West Virginia.12
It was apparently at this station that Hachenberg was a par-
ticipant in a dramatic scene. He was called to see a young man
who had been shot through both legs some nine months earlier.
Captured by the Confederate forces, the young soldier was found
to be beyond the help of the Confederate medical staff, which,
thereupon, permitted his mates to carry him home on a stretcher,
a trip of over one hundred miles. At Wheeling, West Virginia,
he was again examined by army surgeons and again it was decided
that nothing could be done. He was sent home to die. Dr. Hachen-
berg clambered over the mountains for twenty miles to see the
young man and found him extremely ill, his thigh greatly swollen
with infection. The patient's condition totally precluded amputa-
tion, but the doctor found an area of fluctuation and incised to
find a huge abscess cavity. In the exploration of the abscess
cavity, Hachenberg found the bullet imbedded in the bone. He
broke his only two bullet forceps in trying to remove it and as
the patient seemed to fail under chloroform anaesthesia, Hachen-
berg lifted the leg and brought it down forcefully across his knee
fracturing the bone cleanly at the site of the bullet. He was then
able to remove it and put the lad at rest with sand bags for support.
Recovery occurred and the man had a functional leg.13
11Hachenberg, A Chronological List of the Main Features of the Inventions.
12American Bee Journal (1888), 650.
3Medical Record, XXIV (1883), 66.
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