OR, Series 1, Vol. 45, Part 1, Page 872

Office Surgeon in Charge of Hospitals
West Point, Miss.
January 1, 1865
Capt. E. D. Woodlief
Assistant Adjutant-General
West Point, Miss.
   In obedience to an order from the general commanding this district, I have the honor to make the following report.
   In compliance with an order from the general commanding, given at West Point, Miss., on December 30, 1864, to proceed to Egypt Station, Mobile & Ohio Railroad, for the purpose of removing the wounded, I went up to Egypt on Saturday morning, carrying with me one acting assistant surgeon, three hospital stewards, and sixty litter-bearers. This detail was furnished me by Colonel McDonell, commanding the post. On reaching a break in the road I made a detail of fifteen of my litter-bearers to repair this break. I left the train with the remainder of my detail and marched to Egypt. I found thirty-five Federal wounded in charge of Brigade Surgeon Krauter (Federal) and a Federal hospital steward, seven Confederate wounded, who had been cared for by Surg. W. A. Evans, whom I sent up for this purpose during the action and who reached Egypt a short time after the enemy retreated. Surg. W. A. Evans reports to me that he found Surgeon Krauter giving the Confederates the same attention which he did his own men. The wounded were quartered in the neighboring houses, and were as comfortable as circumstances would permit. I had all of the very badly wounded borne on litters to the point which the train would reach, which was distant from none of the buildings in which the wounded were quartered more than a mile and a half. I met Surgeons West and Wilkison, of the Reserve Corps, returning from Corinth. I ordered them to remain at the train to superintend the removal of the wounded from the litters to the train. I ordered Surgeon Krauter, U.S. Army, to superintend the removal of his own wounded on the litters which I furnished him. We transported all of the wounded, and had them comfortably prepared for transportation in a few hours. I carried up an ample supply of bedding, stimulants, and anodynes. The engine having exhausted its supply of water, and their being no tanks between Egypt and this point, we had to bail water, and were six hours in transitu. I left Surg. L. W. Tuttle in charge of the post in my absence, with instructions to prepare for the reception of the wounded. Surgeon Tuttle, having ascertained that there were quite a number of wounded at Corinth, whom we would probably have to care for in a few days, procured an order from you to send the train through to Columbus, Miss. Surgeon Tuttle, accompanied by the medical officers on duty at this post, was at the train on our arrival, to render such service as might be required. As we arrived at a late hour at night, a consultation was held (into which Surgeon Krauter was admitted to represent his own interest) as to the propriety of leaving the wounded on the cars the remainder of the night. It was the opinion of all of the surgeons present that it would cause more suffering to remove the wounded to the hospital, and then to the cars next day, than to keep them on the train. They were left on the train, where they were fed and had their wounds dressed. A list of these prisoners was taken and registered at the Cannon Hospital. They were regularly transferred to Columbus, Miss., under charge of one of our medical officers, assisted by Surgeon Krauter and the Federal hospital steward, who were also sent to Columbus.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant
F. H. Evans
Surgeon in Charge of Hospitals