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  1. We Meet Again

    Does April 18, 1865 figure in?
  2. It's just a quiz...

    Thanks for this...another interesting individual.
  3. Full Hospitals

    Thanks for putting this series together. The general feeling now is that the wounded were very badly handled at Shiloh (and many, many were) yet there were also experienced surgeons who worked tirelessly to do the best they could. Doctors of that era were strong anatomists and some, with that knowledge plus experience coupled with dexterity, did save lives with tourniquets and amputations. If only Pasteur and Lister had come a decade or so earlier. A.S. Johnson almost certainly could have been saved with a simple tourniquet if he had not sent his surgeon away to treat others. Surgeon General William A. Hammond made a valiant attempt to enforce the ancient edict of "first do no harm" by removing calomel and tartar emetic from the Army formulary (May 6, 1863). But that was a year after Shiloh. The resulting "Calomel War" was part of the reason for Hammond's short tenure. Dr. Letterman's ambulance groups were a huge innovation.
  4. Ozzie, Just a note to thank you for digging up all the interesting material. I shall get a copy of the Rockwell book and I have read the Mastin diary. Mastin was actually from DeWitt County Illinois (roughly between Bloomington and Champaign), he died in Mercer County, Missouri. I only mention this to show you that people do actually read these things (well, at least one person did!). He left the service not too long after he apparently shot himself in the hand with a revolver. These types of self-inflicted wounds were quite common ... not casting aspersions at Mastin in particular!
  5. Major Joseph Kirkland wrote a Civil War novel published in 1891 in Chicago: The Captain of Company K. The first link below gives the background of the author and of the novel. The second link is to a copy of the book. Kirkwood actually served with the 12th Illinois with McClellen and left the service when McClellen was relieved. The 12th ended up in Tennesee at Shiloh and then with Sherman. Kirkwood's description of Shiloh is decent historical fiction as he remained a friend of many participants. The book is worth a glance just for Hugh Capper's pen and ink drawings. Kirkwood writes in the voice of a central Illinois farmer. The book belongs in the collection of "Shiloh in literature" - perhaps not on the same top shelf with the works of Bierce, Houston and others. http://civilwar.lib.niu.edu/islandora/object/niu-civil%3A14280 https://archive.org/stream/captainofcompany00kirk#page/n13/mode/2up/search/Pittsburg
  6. Another reporter's story

    Thanks for the Tribune article! Reilly was a newspaperman of sorts and dabbled in other periodicals.
  7. Another reporter's story

    Another Shiloh connection of Dr. Reilly. He was a surgeon in the Marine Marine Hospital Service, the forerunner of the United States Public Health Service. The Marine Hospital Service was in disarray in 1850 and Congress commissioned a study. Two men visited all the Marine Hospitals and issued a report to Congress in 1851. ("Loring-Edwards Report," Senate Executive Document No. 14, Thirty­ first Congress, Second Session, Jan. 20, 1851.) This report is credited by many as laying the groundwork for the USPHS. One of the authors was a former Congressman named Thomas O. Edwards. (see: Furman B: A Profile of the United States Public Health Service, 1798-1850. Washington, 1950.) Dr. T.O. Edwards, the sometimes maligned Surgeon of the 3rd Iowa, suffered from a scrotal inguinal hernia during his time at Shiloh but managed to continue with his duties several days after April 7th. His disability was attested to by the Brigade Surgeon N. R. Derby on April 15th. A few days later the eminent Charles A Pope, M.D. also provided an affidavit, citing both a hernia and Edwards' "protracted over-exertion."
  8. Another reporter's story

    Quite a guy... Extensive Bio in Bulletin of the Society of Medical History of Chicago, Vol 1, No 2, August 1912, p113. It is free in Google Books. (Also contains a nice Bio of another Army Surgeon, William Beaumont, by Dr. Jesse Myer, who wrote a full length book on Beaumont.) Dr. Reilly returned to the service after his recovery and resigned in May 1865 , returned to Chicago and set up a practice in Bridgeport (home to Chicago's Mayors Daley). He arguably saved more lives in Chicago than anyone else.
  9. Pittsburg... up close.

    Thanks for these pictures. Particularly the second picture shows how rickety the gangplanks were and without railings. I believe the Governor of Wisconsin drowned because of this feature. Louis Harvey had been Governor only 3 months when he drowned in the Tennesee River at Shiloh. I believe he was actually crossing from one boat to another when he fell in. Surgeon George Hammond apparently drowned just above Vicksburg in 1863, falling (or pushed?) off the Hospital Steamer R.C. Wood (formerly the City of Lousiana) while it was underway. Commentary in his death announcement was that "hope was held out as he was known to be a strong swimmer". Then, of course, there was Sultana. Steamboating was a dangerous sport even if the boilers didn't explode. General Lafayette almost drowned on the Ohio River during his 1824 "victory lap" around the country when his steamer hit a snag and sank in minutes.
  10. Buell Wins Shiloh

    Why read the Reader's Digest version when the real 1881 version is available, including Fort Henry to Corinth (Vol 2)? https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000339399
  11. Officers under Arrest

    Ozzie: Thanks for the good summary! rbn3
  12. Why not just go?

    Ozzie: Where is the best summary and explanation of all the "arrests" that occurred in the days before April 6th? I think General John MacArthur was under arrest. Did any of those arrests actually lead to court-martial? Wallace was the guy in the vat that was being slowly heated...he never knew when to scream. rbn3
  13. Why not just go?

    The key phrase in your proposition is "in the absence of orders." Wallace was ordered by General Grant between 8 and 9 to get ready and wait. The fubar that came after does not figure into your proposition.
  14. SGT Thompson, 3rd Iowa, Co. F

    Teaser on old Tom O.... A complex man who inspired his allies and infuriated his adversaries...what is expected in the Age of Jackson. I have not yet decided how to judge him but he is a more sympathetic character than the Col Williams supporters portray him. Still, Ophelia Amigh did not like him and she was an excellent judge of character. Tom O Edwards Biography 1,2.pdf