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Doc. 179.-the release of the surgeons. August 12, 1861.

The following is a copy of the parole signed by the surgeons who were permitted to leave Richmond:

The undersigned officers in the service of the United States do make an unqualified parole of honor that we will not, unless released or exchanged, by arms, information or otherwise, during the existing hostilities between the United States and the Confederate States of America, aid or abet the enemies of the said Confederate States, or any of them, in any form or manner whatever.

[Signed by five.]

This is endorsed on the back by Gen. Beauregard as follows:

Headquarters First corps, army of the Potomac, Aug. 3.
The parole of these surgeons was taken to prevent the necessity of guarding them while they were attending to the enemy's wounded, with the understanding that it was to be continued by the War Department after leaving here, and that they were to be permitted to return to their homes when their services would no longer be required, on the ground that they were non-combatants, and might have got off if they had imitated their fellow-officers.

G. T. Beauregard, General-Commanding.

The Eighth regiment N. Y. S M.

report of the surgeons. New York, August 16, 1861.
Colonel George Lyons, Commanding 8th Regiment, N. Y. S. M.:--
sir: I beg leave to submit the following report. When our forces retreated, after the action of the 21st July, several surgeons, myself among the number, deemed it our duty to remain with the wounded, of whom there were about 300 in and about Sudley Church, the place assigned us for a hospital. About half an hour after our forces moved off the field, the church was surrounded by a troop of cavalry from Colonel Stuart's First Virginia regiment, and we were all, both wounded and surgeons, made prisoners-of-war. We were allowed, however, to remain at our duty till the next afternoon, (Monday,) when all the surgeons were taken in ambulances to Manassas, kept all night, and the next day a parole offered us, and our accepting it was made a condition to our being allowed to return to the wounded at Sudley Church. Those who chose to take the parole, myself among the number, were sent immediately back, and remained at that hospital for twelve days, doing our best to relieve the sufferings of our wounded men. At the expiration of that time, they were removed to Richmond, and we followed them; and as our services, though pressed upon the authorities there, were no longer required, we were sent home via Norfolk and Fortress Monroe. As far as my observation has gone, our wounded have been treated with kindness, and have been made as comfortable as circumstances would allow. Assistant-surgeons DeGraw and Winston, of our regiment, have returned with me, and have been efficient and unwearied in the discharge of their duty. Below I inclose a list of the members of our regiment wounded and prisoners, now in the hands of the enemy at Richmond:

wounded: Private O. H. Swift, Company A, fractured arm, doing well; Private Venables, Company B, fractured arm, doing well; Private Clune, Company G, fractured thigh, doing well; Private Denny, Company D, fleshwound of arm, well; Private Whitehouse,-----, flesh-wound of leg, well.

prisoners: Captain Griffin, Company E; Color-sergeant,------; Private Pinto, Company B; Private Danielson, Company B; Private Greene, Company F; Private Simms, Company G; Private Bleny, Company E.


foster Swift, Surgeon 8th Regiment, N. Y. S. M.

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