The woods had taken fire and burned all the clothing off them

“[Wounded rebels at Shiloh] had fallen in heaps, and the woods had taken fire and burned all the clothing off them and the naked bodies and blackened corpses are still lying there unburied. On the hillside near a deep hollow our men were hauling them down and throwing them in to the deep gully. One hundred and eighty had been thrown in when I was there. Men were on top of the dead, straightening out their legs and arms and tramping them down so as to make the hole contain as many as possible. Other men on the hillside had ropes with a noose on one end, and they would attach this to a man’s foot or his head and haul him down the hollow and roll him in.”

Cyrus Boyd, 15th Iowa, quoted in Iowa Journal of History, vol. 50, no.1, 1952.

Recommended read:

The Civil War Diary of Cyrus F. Boyd Fifteenth Iowa Infantry 1861-1863 by Cyrus F. Boyd Louisiana State University Press, 1998.

BOYD, Cyrus F.
Residence Indianola, nativity Ohio.
GAR Post 171, Ainsworth, Brown County, Nebraska.
15th Iowa Infantry Co. G.

Recommended link to learn more about the Battle of Shiloh

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