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Surgeons Adair, Polson, Evans, and Deupree

A little info on four of these surgeons:

Dr. Walter Thompson Adair 1838-1899 was the younger brother of Col. William Penn Adair of 2nd Cherokee Mtd Vol. Their father was 1st Lt. George Washington Adair, AQM 1st Cherokee Mtd Vol. who died in early 1862.

Dr. Adair was the surgeon for the 1st Cherokee Mtd Vol and later became surgeon of the 2nd Cherokee Mtd Vol serving under his brother. In a letter to Watie, dated May 20, 1864, Dr. Adair signed as "Brig. Surgeon".

Dr. William Davis Polson 1830-1893 was ass't surgeon in the 1st Cherokee Mtd Vol. One younger brother, Jasper Polson, was hospital steward. Another, John W. Polson, was pvt. 2nd Co. C, 1st Cherokee Mtd Vol. In late 1864, Polson served as assistant commissioner to provide subsistence to indigent Cherokee.

William was married to Flora C. Ridge, daugther of John Ridge, Treaty Party leader who was assassinated in 1839. After the war, he purchased a mill (or at least an interest in one) from Watie but was unable to make it a successful business. Dr. Polson, Brig.Gen. Watie, and Lt.Col. Bell are buried in the Polson Cemetery, Delaware Co. OK near Southwest City MO.

James P. Evans was the Surgeon for the 1st Cherokee Mtd Rifles (Drew's). His son, Walter N. Evans was Hospital Steward. James and his son were captured at Pea Ridge and imprisonned at Alton IL. James was paroled June 23, 1862 and his son on July 11.

Dr. William J. Deupree 1824-1892 was the brother-in-law of Lt.Col James M. Bell. (Bell was also Watie's brother-in-law). He wrote then "Capt." Bell from Quitman TX on August 4, 1863 stating that he had re-enlisted in the militia but as soon as he could get "struck from the Militia List" he would report at Col. Watie's headquarters. There is a history of Dr. Deupree at

Dr. William J. Deupree, Confederate Surgeon

This history states Dr. Deupree was at Pea Ridge. Can anyone confirm this? What unit?

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