With this explanation I hope the friends will not attribute it to indifference on the part of the Captain or Lieutenants.
This might be the best primary source I've ever run across, that explains in the simplest terms, why carded records for Confederate soldiers are such a mess. It confirms precisely what we've all suspected - that once a man left the Regimental Hospital and was transported to a General Hospital, there was no way to keep up with where he was or his condition. There were too many hospitals, scattered over too large an area, and too many transfers from one hospital to another. It also helps us understand why so many families never learned the location of their loved one's death. As more records are scanned into databases and made searchable, some families are now able to discover where their ancestor died - 155+ years later - even if previous generations never knew before. @lupaglupa
Source: The Rome Weekly Courier. (Rome, Ga.), August 28, 1863, page 1.