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No. 141.-report of Surg. William D. Lyles (. S. Army, medical Director.

Hdqrs. First Corps Army of the Mississippi, Medical Department, April 17, 1862.
Major: I have the honor to inclose you a report of the casualties of the First Army Corps in the action of the 6th and 7th instant, near Shiloh.

I have collected it from a crude mass of regimental reports they in many instances being nearly unintelligible. I cannot therefore pretend the one I submit, digested as it is from such sources, is accurate.1

My arrangements for the field were complete, and the wounded of General Polk's command were generally promptly removed from the ground.

The surgeons, with few exceptions, stood well to their duty. I should, however, be unjust were I not to bring to the notice of the majorgeneral the conduct of Surgeons Alston, Rice, Mitchell, Cavanaugh, [413] Kincheloe, Alexander, and Caldwell. These gentlemen proved themselves worthy of the high trust confided to them, and reflected fresh honors on the profession of which they are worthy members.

I am still supporting a hospital in the field.

I am pained to be compelled here, from a sense of duty, to inform you that Captain Triplett, left with a company as a military guard for me by General Polk, abandoned me without leave. As no bad result followed, I ask for him the clemency of the general.

I have the honor to be, major, your obedient servant

Wm. D. Lyles, Medical Director. Maj. George Williamson, Assistant Adjutant-general.

1 The memorandum inclosed with the original consists of a nominal and partly illegible list of officers killed and wounded; and a summing up, probably of totals, officers and men, of 388 killed and 1,981 wounded.

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