HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, July 31, 1864. [Received 7.20 p.m.]
Please send back both divisions of cavalry at once to their former positions.
R. E. LEE.
DUNN'S HILL, July 31, 1864. [Received 12 o'clock.]
General R. H. ANDERSON:
There will be a cessation of hostilities for three [four] hours, beginning at 5 a.m. to-morrow, to enable the enemy to remove their wounded and bury their dead.
W. H. TAYLOR,
HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER TROOPS, Blandford, July 31, 1864.
Colonel W. H. STEVENS,
Chief Engineer, Army of Northern Virginia:
COLONEL: Captain John H. Mickler, Company E, Eleventh Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, Hagood's brigade, Hoke's division, has been represented to me as having experience in mining, charging mines, &c., and would be a valuable assistant in our mining operations at this time. I respectfully request that Captain Mickler be ordered to report on this duty. Corpl. R. T. Bennett, Company K, Forty-ninth Regiment North Carolina Troops, Ransom's brigade, is a miner. He states that he has been working in and has had charge of iron, copper, and gold mines for fifteen years. I request that Corporal Bennett be detailed, and ordered to report for duty with this command.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HUGH THOS. DOUGLAS,
Captain, Engineer Troops, in Charge Mining, &c.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF N. CAROLINA AND SOUTHERN VA., July 31, 1864.
Major General GEORGE G. MEADE,
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: Your letter to General R. E. Lee, asking a cessation of hostilities to enable you to remove your wounded and bury your dead between the lines has been received. Your proposition is acceded to, and hostilities will be suspended for the purpose to-morrow morning at 5 o'clock. The cessation will continue for four hours.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. T. BEAUREGARD,