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Custer's Surgeon W W Bowlby & Kershaw's Capture at Sailor's Creek

Discussion in 'Medical Care of the Civil War' started by lelliott19, Mar 12, 2017.

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    On April 6, 1865, Sheridan's cavalry effectively isolated three depleted corps of Lee's army near Farmville, VA. The Union II and VI Corps closed in from the east to seal the deal. Over 7000 Confederate soldiers and officers were captured that day - about 25% of Lee's entire army. The prisoners included eight Confederate Generals - one of them was Joseph B. Kershaw, captured by Custer's cavalry.

    Kershaw and Custer had encountered one another the previous year in the Shenandoah Valley at Guard Hill and Cedar Creek. Neither of those meetings had ended in Kershaw's favor - and this one was no different. From his place among the prisoners, Genl Kershaw summoned an officer who identified himself as a the Surgeon of General Custer's staff - Dr William Whitfield Bowlby, Surgeon-in-Chief Third Division. Kershaw requested to be allowed to surrender his sword to General Custer.

    "General," said Dr. Bowlby, "I am glad to meet you. I assure you sir, we always had great respect for you and your command when you confronted us in the valley."

    "I look upon General Custer as one of the best cavalry officers that this or any other country ever produced. I shall, indeed, consider it an honor to surrender my sword to him." Kershaw continued, "Ever since the battle of Cedar Creek, when he and General Sheridan embraced each other after the battle, I have had the most perfect admiration for the man.....All through today's battle I directed my men to concentrate their fire upon his headquarters flag, knowing he was always there at the front. While I should have deprecated the idea of killing a man so brave, good and efficient, yet I knew it was my only hope."

    http://www.nytimes.com/1865/04/14/n...ck-upon-retreating-rebels.html?pagewanted=all
    https://books.google.com/books?id=V...AdAlQ4FBDoAQgzMAg#v=onepage&q=kershaw&f=false - p. 302
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    Good information @lelliott19 thanks for sharing.

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    You just have to click the thing that says "Skip these deals & continue to nytimes.com " and it will take you to the story.
     
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