War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0258 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

August 17, 1864.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Tenth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding regrets to say that not a single wounded man was found between the lines to-day. The flag of truce was consented to by him reluctantly, and only on General Birney's assurance that the facts were that our own and the enemy's wounded were between the lines, exposed to the fire of both parties, and could be removed by neither.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 17, 1864-10.30 p. m.

Lieutenant-Colonel WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

In answer to your dispatch concerning the flag of truce sent out to-day, I would respectfully state that I am not aware of having given any assurances in respect to the wounded beyond what is contained in my note of this morning viz, that they were under the enemy's

fire and ours. This information was given by the corps officer of the day. The party bearing the flag was not suffered to advance beyond our picket line.

Respectfully,

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 17, 1864.

Lieutenant -Colonel Walker,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

One small brigade, having lost heavily and become somewhat disorganized, has been sent to Deep Bottom to relieve the garrison there, which is ordered here in their place. The force to take the place of that leaving this front consists of two strong regiments.

Respectfully,

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 17, 1864-3.27 p. m.

A flag of truce will be sent out to the enemy at 4 p. m. to-day, from which time until 6 p. m. there will be a cessation of hostilities. You will see to it that no person goes out but their properly authorized parties.

By order of Major-General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.