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ng; they are violating the flag. He answered, I have no staff-officer to send. Whereupon I said that I would let him have one of mine, and calling for Lieutenant Vanderbilt Allen, I directed him to carry General Gordon's orders to General Geary, commanding a small brigade of South Carolina cavalry, to discontinue firing. Allen dAllen dashed off with the message and soon delivered it, but was made a prisoner, Geary saying, I do not care for white flags: South Carolinians never surrender. By this time Merritt's patience being exhausted, he ordered an attack, and this in short order put an end to General Geary's last ditch absurdity, and extricated Allen from his Allen from his predicament. When quiet was restored Gordon remarked: General Lee asks for a suspension of hostilities pending the negotiations which he is having with General Grant. I rejoined: I have been constantly informed of the progress of the negotiations, and think it singular that while such discussions are going on, General Lee shou