On this date in our family history . . . the 16th day of April . . . in the year 1864 . . . an ailing William Thurston Merrill from Saco, Maine -- on the occasion of his 48th birthday -- checks in at New Orleans Barracks, U.S. Hospital . . . he had participated in the Battle at Sabine Crossroads (08 Apr 1864) as well as in the Battle of Pleasant Hill (09 Apr 1864) where "the bulits flue Around my head like Hale Stones" . . .
with Descriptions of Military Posts
By United States Dept. of the Army
Office of the Surgeon General
United States Surgeon-General's Office
John Shaw Billings: