War of the Rebellion: Serial 038 Page 0918 Mississippi, WEST TENNESSEE, ETC. Chapter XXXVI.

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and two 12-pounder howitzers, to assist General Stevenson in the protection of the river front. This must be done immediately.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. M. STAFFORD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. MISS AND E. La., Vicksburg, May 25, 1863.

Major-General SMITH, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding directs me to say that he has sent a flag of truce to the enemy in reference to burying the dead, &c., and he desires that firing be ceased during its absence, unless it is continued by the enemy.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. S. SAUNDERS,

Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.

HEADQUARTERS SMITH'S DIVISION, May 25, 1863.

Major MEMMINGER, Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

I do not think the stench arising from dead bodies outside the intrenchments renders a flag of truce necessary.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

M. L. SMITH.

HDQRS. DEPT. MISS. AND E. La., Vicksburg, May 25, 1863.

Major General MARTIN L. SMITH, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say to you that, by agreement entered into by flag of truce with the enemy, all hostilities will cease from 6 to 8. 30 p. m., to enable the enemy to bury their dead.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. M. STAFFORD,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. MISS. AND E. La., Vicksburg, May 25, 1863.

Major General C. L. STEVENSON, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the lieutenant-general commanding to say he desires to know whether the stench arising from the bodies outside of the intrenchments renders it necessary that a flag of truce be sent on this subject.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. W. MEMMINGER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ON THE RIGHT, near Vicksburg, May 25, 1863.

Major MEMMINGER, Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL:

MAJOR: The stench from the dead Federals is sufficient to warrant a flag of truce. It may enlighten us as to the movements of the enemy.

I have sent out from different points on my line individual scouts to get me information.

C. L. STEVENSON.