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  1. 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
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