It would indeed be a great thing if it were true and it might have actually been true except for that pesky little fire downtown (Richmond) in April, 1865 that burned Surgeon-General Moore's houses. Still, doesn't everybody love a challenge? ;-)
Thanks for all your help. Knowing about the 1st Alabama's reorg and, expecially, having the full name of J. D. Caldwell will keep me going for a while longer. I'm beginning to suspect that all these physicians, Caldwell, Yandell, Curry, etc. were closely linked to medical care in the Lauderdale County, MS. throughout the war.
However, access to local newspapers (some of which actually do exist) that are archived in the Meridian (MS)Public Library will have to wait for my next trip in about a year (I live in Virginia). I also know that there is some mention of Dr. Caldwell in the Circuit Court Records of the era. These I can order.
So I guess my plan is to put the information I've gathered into some meaningful format and publish it on the web site, planning to update it regularly as I can obtain further info. The most important thing for now, I think, is to get those 48 names of deceased soldiers online for my genealogy visitors, then I can update the history as it becomes clear.
Thanks again, and, by the way, everyone is invited to contact me directly - via email - if they have any genealogy or history information about Lauderdale County, MS that they'd like to have published on the site.