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    Part of the attraction of the movie starring Tom Hanks revolves around all the personalities encountered and places visited, amid an endless stream of experiences... almost too many to be believed. Now imagine a Civil War tale that revolves around Confederate Department No.2 and includes visits to Memphis, Fort Pillow and Fort Columbus; participation in the Battle of Belmont; duty at Bowling Green (with subsequent evacuation through Nashville to Corinth.) Having met, or become acquainted, with Albert Sidney Johnston, William Hardee and Leonidas Polk, Sergeant William Stevenson is assigned as special ADC to General Breckinridge and acts as courier, delivering reports to Johnston and Beauregard at Shiloh... Thirteen Months in the Rebel Army by William G. Stevenson was published in New York by A.S. Barnes & Burr in September 1862 ...after New Yorker-by-birth Stevenson was able to sever his connection with the Confederate Cause and flee north in June 1862. Cheers Ozzy Reference: http://archive.org/stream/thirteenmonthsin00stev#page/n11/mode/2up 13 Months in the Rebel Army N.B. It is not often that I am so taken with a book that I feel the need to read it again... This is one of those books -- Ozzy.
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    lelliott19, it’s June of 2017 and this post is 2015. I believe the hospital at Pebble Hill, aka Mickey’s House, you talk of is where the Williams Family lived, per family history. A story about this place is told many times to several branches of my family by John Williams, son of Thomas and Dorcus Williams. John must have been there or saw the aftermath. While my grandmother, his granddaughter, Pearl Williams James sat on his lap, John tells her the story of his house being used as a hospital. Then adds arms and legs were piled up as high as the windows to keep bullet from coming through the walls. Was this a scary story? In the late 1960’s Pearl (Ma James) would tell me this. Forty years later and thirty year after Pearl dies, I meet other Williams Family members at a reunion, who I have never met. Standing at the graves of John and America Williams, in the Pebble Hill Cemetery, they offer up the same story. I’m told to turn around and they pointed out were the house/hospital sat at the road intersection. The census has Thomas Henry Williams, wife Dorcus McAfee Williams and family living near there in 1860. This is including John. They are share-cropper on the census. I believe the home and land being farmed is owned by the Mickey Family and this place. The Civil War Map attached shows the Williams home in May of 1862. Both these supports the location of the Williams home on April 6th and after of 1862. I was sent the map by someone years ago and they could not scan the whole map. So I had to put it together. I have Goggle Earth’ed, Google Map’ed and other things and this place always shows to be at the intersection everyone talks of. I hope someday to find the complete map. Later John and America will buy this house and land from G. G. Michie in 1877. The deed is unclear and did not pin point the location. But for my grandmother to be setting on his lap looking at the wall where the arms and legs were, it would have to be. She was born 1896 and to be big enough to understand and remember the story she would have to be – What six years old? And having other family members who live in the area say that’s it. That’s it for me. John lives until 1915. All this supports the story and it appears he loved telling it and/or scaring his grandchildren. This story has stayed for the most part the same whoever re-tells it. The truth? Has to be. The house? Has to be. Thoughts Anyone?
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    I have been interested in Dr. Samuel W. Everett from Quincy because of his connection with General Prentiss, his Quincy townsman, and thus with Dr. Patrick Gregg, Prentiss' fellow POW. Dr. Everett was educated as a youth in England and France. He served as an amateur physician in the Mexican War with his brother, Major Edward Everett. He had been the apprentice of Dr. Adams Nichols in Quincy since 1846, but had not received his M.D. before going to Mexico. On his return, he attended Dr. Pope's Medical College in St. Louis for one lecture series. He then went to New York where he studied under the celebrated surgeon Dr. Valentine Mott at NYU. Mott, in turn, had studied with Sir Astley Cooper in London and also spent a time in Edinburgh, generally regarded at the time as medicine's Mecca. So Dr. Everett's medical pedigree is above reproach, including his exposure to the urbane Dr. Charles Alexander Pope. Everett's surviving son Henry was a noted ophthalmologist in Philadelphia. Dr. Everett was shot in the forehead and abdomen at about 8 am on April 6th while tending to a wounded soldier. Some of you may have heard of his first cousin, Edward Everett , who entered Harvard at 13 and became it's President at 45. Cousin Edward had been a minister before he entered politics. Edward gave a 2 hour speech at Gettysburg just prior to when Dr. Samuel Everett's fellow Illinoisan made some brief remarks. Transactions of the American Medical Association, Vol. IV, 1864. p 213-5. Here is the prize: https://www.masshist.org/blog/1240 Enjoy!
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    I have an account saying that in the weeks following the battle numerous civilians could be seen on the battlefield searching for the graves of their loved ones in an attempt at recovering their bodies to take home for a proper burial. Not to be too graphic but it was noted how gruesome it was for family members to exhume a body that had been buried for a couple of weeks, wrap it up, and take it home. There must have been an embalmer somewhere at Pittsburgh Landing or Savanah. In the 77th Ohio, Mr. Porterfield from Marietta, Ohio, traveled out to the Fallen Timbers battlefield and retrieved the body of his son William whose grave had been carefully marked by his comrades and took him home.
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    Laura Just a few bits uncovered while researching Samuel William Everett (1820 - 1862)... he joined the 10th Illinois Infantry (under command of Colonel Benjamin Prentiss) in April 1861. Upon expiration of 3-month term of service, Surgeon Everett appears to have joined the Staff of Brigadier General Prentiss (along with Daniel Stahl) and served with Prentiss in Missouri. The 3-year 10th Illinois went on to serve at Island No.10 while Stahl and Dr. Everett accompanied General Prentiss to Pittsburg Landing, arriving there end of March or April 1st. As Commander of Sixth Division, Benjamin Prentiss received Lieutenant Edwin Moore from the 21st Missouri, and made use of that man as a courier during Day One, Battle of Shiloh (Moore had just delivered a message from Prentiss to General Grant in late afternoon of April 6th, which is why Lieutenant Moore avoided capture. He was available to answer questions of Edward Everett, Samuel's brother, during that man's search of the battlefield April 1862.) See references below for links you may find of interest. Cheers Ozzy References: http://www.whig.com/story/25769233/death-of-dr-samuel-w-everett-at-shiloh Search for grave of Surgeon Everett http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/fs/010-3fs.html Roster of 10th Illinois Infantry (3-month's service) http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=eve&GSiman=1&GScid=108928&GRid=156654553& Surgeon Everett at find-a-grave
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    did you notice at the end..all the horses were lost with a few exceptions..