The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952

Yotes and Zocumets
Letters from the Confederate Aedical Service
I Zexas, 1s63-1865
Introduction by EUGENE C. BARKER
EDWARD ARELL PYE, the writer of the letters here printed,
was born in Maryland in 1818. He was graduated by the
University of Maryland in the medical class of 1842. In
1845 he married Matilda C. LeGrand, daughter of Colonel
Claudius F. LeGrand, previously of Maryland but at the time
farming in Louisiana across the Mississippi River from Vicks-
burg. Dr. Pye practiced medicine and did some farming at or
near Harrisonburg, Louisiana. In 1854 he was living at or near
Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish. Two years later he and
:some other members of the Pye and LeGrand families moved to
"west" Texas, apparently somewhere between Seguin and New
Braunfels. From that point Dr. Pye moved first to the vicinity
,of Anderson, in Grimes County, and later to a farm which the
family called Faraway, near Hempstead. In August, 1863, at the
age of forty-six, Dr. Pye enlisted as a private in Company D, 4th
Regiment, Texas Infantry (State Troops, 6 months, 1863-1864).
Why he made no effort to join the medical corps before enlist-
ment is not explained. He did, however, enter the Confederate
.service in 1864 and served as assistant surgeon in hospitals at
Niblett's Bluff, at Beaumont, and at Houston until the fall of
the Confederacy. In 1866 he moved from Faraway to the town
of Hempstead, possibly because emancipation had deprived him
,of his slave, Clem. In 1872 he appears to have moved to Hearne;
a professional card offered his services then to the people of
Hearne "after thirty years of practice." He volunteered for service
in Calvert, seven miles away, during a yellow fever epidemic in
the fall of 1873 and died there of yellow fever on November 7,

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