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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 47: operations of South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, under Rear-admiral Dahlgren, during latter end of 1863 and in 1864. (search)
Federals and Confederates that the medical officers should be permitted to attend their own wounded, and, after there was no longer any necessity for their services, be allowed to depart, Acting-Assistant Surgeon W. H. Pierson made a request in writing to Flagofficer W. W. Hunter, that the Confederate Secretary of the Navy be applied to for his release, according to the supposed agreement; but he only, after a second application, received for answer the following letter: Savannah, July 17, 1864 I have received your note of this day. In reply, I have to inform you that I am instructed by the honorable Secretary of the Navy as follows, viz.: When the services of Assistant-Surgeon Pierson, United States Navy, are no longer needed with the wounded officers and men in the hospital, he will be turned over to the proper military authorities to be treated as other prisoners-of-war. Respectfully, W. W. Hunter, Flag-Officer, etc. In accordance with the above edict, this gentle