Some soldiers died pretending to surrender
An excerpt from the Reports of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, May 7, 1864, from officer John Cosgrove, Major 8th Cavalry, Missouri State Militia:
My horses having been exhausted from constant pursuits of rebel bands and having all my rations exhausted, I concluded that further pursuit would be useless and took the direction of Neosho, scouting the Cowskin River, where I found several rebels and had one of my men mortally wounded in an attack on a house where 2 rebels were posted. Here the usual treachery of the Rebels was shown again by one of them surrendering until he got the advantage and then fired, but he paid the penalty with his life! I also had 1 horse killed and 1 man shot through his clothes by the same fellow [that must have been one tough, brave Confederate]!…
My thanks are due to the officers and men of the command for their promptness and bravery, and especially to my advance guard for their coolness, judgment and unflinching bravery whenever an enemy came in view.
– Battlefield Dispatches No. 213: ‘Death by Deceit’ The Fort Scott Tribune>>
Detail of the image Spotsylvania Court House, Va., vicinity. Body of a Confederate soldier near Mrs. Alsop’s house, Library of Congress>>