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I then had his body carried across the breastworks to a secure place, left it in charge of this Federal officer, who begged me to have it buried, if possible, and place a Confederate guard with it.

At this period the Federal officer who brought me to General Lytle's body said to me: ‘General Lytle's family will never forget you for this act of kindness; will you kindly give me your name and rank?’

I hesitated and said: ‘The Inspector-General of General Anderson's Division.’

This did not satisfy him. He pulled a memorandum-book from his pocket and said: ‘I want your full address.’

I gave it to him—‘Major Douglass West, Inspector-General, Deas' Brigade.’

He startled me by replying: ‘Why, that's my name! Probably we are some kin?’

I replied: ‘Where are you from?’ and he answered: ‘I am Lieutenant-Colonel Theodore I. West, of the Twenty-fourth Wisconsin Regiment.’ I said: ‘We can hardly be kin, my family have been in Virginia over two centuries, and never immigrated.’

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