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 Posted: Thu Feb 7th, 2008 03:45 pm
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PvtClewell,
Bureaugard requested the opportuity to send burial parties to Shiloh, but of course, he had left the field by then.

The only other time, I know of when a truce was called during an active campaign was the seige of Vicksburg. After the first assault, there was a space of several days (2 or 3) in which union soldiers (Sherman's men) lay dead, dying, or wounded, without food,water or medicine. Gen Pemberton, the Confederate commander requested the truce because Grant would not. The stench was getting pretty ripe. By the time of that truce, only 2 soldiers were found alive and they subsequently died.  Federl burial parties heated their bayonets into a "hook" so they could hook onto a body and drag it into a shallow grave, thereby not having to touch it. Remains are still being found in those graves. Once again, it was not an issue of losing the field for the Confederates as they were under seige at the time.

By the way, this is ther first time I have ever heard of the calling for a cease fire or truce to bury dead and care for wounded to be equated with losing the field.. learn things all the time here!

Ed

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