Some petty officer came in there and looked at us, and wanted to know how badly we were hurt.
I said, “Pretty bad,” and asked him for water, and he made some of the men fetch us some.
We lay there until the gunboat came up and commenced shelling, when they made us get out of that — help ourselves out the best way we could.
Three of our own men were helping the wounded out of the houses, when they commenced burning them.
As soon as they saw I could walk a little, they started me up to headquarters with a party.
When we got to the gully the gunboat threw a shell, which kind of flurried them, and we got out of sight of them.
I got alongside of a log, and laid there until a party from the boat came along picking up the wounded.
Question. Did they have a hospital there that the wounded were put in?
Answer. There were four or five huts there together which they put them in. That was all the hospital I saw.
Question. Do you know whether they burned any body in there?
Answer. I do not know, but they hallooed to us to “Get out, if we did not want to get burned to death.”
I told an officer there, who was ordering the houses to be burned, to let some of the men go in there, as there were some eight or nine wounded men in there, and a negro who had his hip broken.
He said: “The white men can help themselves out, the damned nigger shan't come out of that.”
I do not know whether they got the wounded out or not. I got out, because I could manage to walk a little.
It was very painful for me to walk, but I could bear the pain better than run the risk of being burned up.
Question. Do you know any thing about rebel officers being on the boat, and our officers asking them to drink?
Answer. Yes, sir. There were several rebel officers on board the Platte Valley
I went on board the boat, and took my seat right in front of the saloon.
I knew the bar-tender, and wanted to get a chance to get some wine, as I was very weak.
I was just going to step up to the bar, when one of our officers, a lieutenant or a captain, I don't know which, stepped in front of me and almost shoved me away, and called up one of the rebel officers and took a drink with him; and I saw our officers drinking with the rebel officers several times.
Question. Where do you reside?
Answer. I reside in Tennessee
Question. Were you at Fort Pillow
, or on board a gunboat, during the attack there?
Answer. Yes, sir; I was there.
Question. What was your position?
Answer. I was sent from there, about ten days before that, on detached service, looking after convalescents, and returned on the Saturday evening before the fight on Tuesday morning. I was Acting Assistant Surgeon
The regiment was not full enough to have a surgeon with the regular rank.
Question. Will you state what came within your own observation in connection with the attack and capture?
Answer. I roomed with Lieutenant Logan
, First Lieutenant
of company C, Thirteenth Tennessee cavalry.
About sun-up, I got up as usual.
About the time I got up and washed, the pickets ran in and said Forrest
was coming to attack the Fort
I started up to the Fort
knew the feeling the rebels had toward me, and told me to go on the gunboat.
Question. What do you mean by that?
Answer. Well, they had been hunting me — had shot at me frequently.