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LETTER OF DR. W. D. LYLES Medical Director, 1st Corps, Army of the Mississippi, CSA "Headquarters First Army Corps, Medical Department May 2, 1862 To: Major George Williamson, Assistant Adjutant Major General For the information of the Major General and by his order I have the honor to submit the following statement: To this hospital I had removed such of the more severely wounded as were injured in the engagements of the 6th and 7th numbering with surgeons infirmary corps some three hundred and twenty Confederates. As your Medical Director I thought it my duty to remain with the party on the field. In addition to your own people we had some sixty-five Federals who were prisoners, many of whom were wounded, who were attended by Federal surgeons. I extended to them every courtesy and assistance in my power and freely shared with them every comfort I could procure for our own men. On the 8th in the afternoon, and subsequent to the skirmish with the enemy and Colonel Forest;'s Cavalry, my attention was directed to a pistol shot said to be directed at my hospital by some Federal Cavalry. I went out and met the officer who had fired the shot, as I ----acertained [sic]. I remonstrated against so inhuman an outrage and refused to surrender to him. He left and in about an hour Colonel (Theophilus Lyle?) Dickey of the Federal army came up with a Calvary force (4th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry?) and demanded my surrender. I was powerless and reluctantly yielded myself and the party of unfortunate prisoners. Colonel Dickey drew up in pencil something like a parole by which we agreed to remain and report to General Grant.I expressly refused to sign the document unless it was understood that we were subject to recapture by our own forces. Colonel Dickey assured me that of course that was always understood but he would take care that we were not retaken and left us with the promise that he would send for us the next morning. This, however, he fortunately for us, failed to do, as we were rescued on the evening of the 9th by a detachment of our own cavalry. Your obedient servant, W. D. LYLES, MEDICAL DIRECTOR" You can view a map on the Civil War Trust's website that shows the location of Dr Lyles' hospital http://www.civilwar.org/battlefield...-timbers-2011/shiloh-fallen-timbers-then.html
My gg grandfather Dr. Wm C Cross established hospital headquarters for Woods brigade at the Mickey/Michie house. When we were there last Fall, we went to the Pebble Hill intersection someone had directed us to. The roads have been moved and we did not receive precise instructions. I just stood there and wondered exactly where the house was, where the dead were buried, and how in the world Dr Cross was able to perform his duties under the circumstances. On my next visit to Shiloh, I would like to stand on the actual ground where the house stood. I cant really explain it. But I would like to know exactly where it happened. Surely there is someone still alive who knows exactly where the house was located? Dr Cross originally enlisted as surgeon of 16th AL at Courtland, AL. He was promoted to senior surgeon Woods Brigade and served as such at the Battle of Shiloh. Woods Brigade was 3rd Brigade, 3rd Corps, Army of the Mississippi CSA and included 16th AL, 27th TN, 44th TN, 55th TN, 3rd MS Bat, 8th AR, 9th AR Bat, MS Bat, and GA Dragoons. The history of 44th Regiment (TN) was written by Dr. D. J. Noblitt of Lincoln County, a surgeon who served with the 44th throughout the war. His account follows: "The Mickey house had been selected by Dr. Cross (my gg grandfather) as hospital head-quarters for our brigade. By his order tents had been erected for the comfort and protection of the wounded in the yard. After examining wounds and temporarily dressing them on the field, Dr. Noblitt, aided by Dr. Chandler, had succeeded on Monday morning in transferring their wounded from the field to the Mickey house, and as comfortably quartered as could be expected with the surroundings. Rain fell Sunday night. About two o'clock p.m. Monday there was a ruinous stampede among the wagon and ambulance men, and was not fully quieted until night. It happened that a man came riding at full speed among the trains, crying, "Take care of yourselves! The Yankee cavalry has broken our lines, and will be on you in a minute!" Many of the drivers took one horse or a mule, and made all possible speed to Corinth. Others drove to the Mickey house and unloaded the wounded on the ground, without tent or fly. The ground was covered with the wounded, the dead, and the dying. After dark the rain fell in torrents upon hundreds of the poor fellows. Their agonizing cries, moans, and prayers for help and water were audible above the dashing rain and rolling thunder. But in the long night-watch the rain ceased, the thunder hushed, and so had the cries of the suffering in the stillness of death. Morning came, and with it a melancholy sight - a sleeping camp. Men lay in every possible posture, with eyes closed as if in sleep on crimson beds. The rain had washed the blood from their clothes and blankets, making the earth red. Drs. Cross, Lawrence, and Noblitt worked all night attending the different calls and operating. Neither of them had slept for more than forty-eight hours. Late Monday evening it was understood that the hospitals and wounded would be surrendered on Tuesday morning. Dr. Noblitt succeeded in securing wagons to carry sixty-five wounded and one dead (Lieut. Patterson) to Corinth." http://www.petersburgbreakthrough.org/44thTNp2.htm