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Asst. Surg. S. S. Harris
Jeffers' Missouri Regiment (Confederate).

Marmaduke’s Expedition into Missouri

Page 304 Chapter XXXIV.

Numbers 20. Report of Asst. Surg. S. S. Harris, Jeffers' Missouri Regiment (Confederate).

JEFFERS' REGIMENT,

Camp near Wittsburg, Ark., May 27, 1863.

SIR: By your order, I was left with Drs. [John F.] Yancey and [J. F.] Brookheart in charge of our wounded after the withdrawal of our forces from Cape Girardeau.
Inclosed in a report of our wounded.

I asked permission of the Federal authorities to established our hospital in or near Cape Girardeau. The reports was not granted, and our wounded were removed to their post hospital. We were furnished with an escort to Bloomfield, to be sent through to our line from there. We reached bloomfield with the Federal forces, and were ordered to remain there until the excitement in front was over, We remained there until General McNeil's return from Chalk Bluff, when, instead of sending us to our command, he took us back with him to Cape Girardeau. After detaining us there for some four of five days, he started us to Little Rock, by way of Memphis and Helena. General McNeil alleged as a reason for his conduct toward us that demand for the surrender of cape Girardeau had been made by Colonel Carter, in the name of General Price, and that, therefore, he must consider us as belonging to General Price's command, and, from the best information he had, General Price's lines were at Little Rock; therefore, he should send us there. I asked for and received a copy of Colonel Carter's demand for surrender, which you will find inclosed. This subject, I know, is of but little consequence, and deserving, perhaps, of no further notice, but I thought it my duty to inform you of the facts.

On reaching Helena, General Prentiss permitted us, under a flag of truce, to come direct to our command. We reached our lines on the 20th instant.

Respectfully submitted.

S. S. HARRIS,
Assistant Surgeon, Jeffers' Regiment Missouri Cavalry.

Dr. C. PEYTON, Medial Director Marmaduke's Division.

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[Inclosures.]

Reported of wounded in the fight before

Cape Girardeau.
Major...............................................1
Lieutenant..........................................1
Captain.............................................1
Privates...........................................16

I was not permitted to visit the battle-field; but, from the best information I could obtain, there were only 3 killed on the field. I could not learn their names or command. They were buried by our friends.
Of the five nurses that remained, two only were permitted to stay with our wounded, and the others were sent to Saint Louis as prisoners of war.

When I left Cape Girardeau our wounded were well cared for, and had everything requisite to make them comfortable.

Respectfully, your, &c.,

S. S. HARRIS,
Assistant Surgeon, Provisional Army of the Confederate States.


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