Some hours after Gen Smith's departure, the rebels sent a flag of truce to the battle-field, to ask permission to bury their dead, and sought vainly for a long time for somebody to receive it. Three miles out from Alexandria, Gen Banks found Gen McClernand, with six thousand men, on their way to reinforce him. He ordered him to fall back to Alexandria at once, after destroying his grain and supplies.
McClernand refused twice to obey, but on receipt of the third order set fire to a part of his McClernand refused twice to obey, but on receipt of the third order set fire to a part of his oats.
Gen Smith, with two thousand men, took the responsibility of marching to the spot, extinguishing the flames, and after remaining there all night, marched back again with the residue and all the other supplies.
At Gen Banks's request that these should be given up to him, Gen Smith replied that they were his by right of capture, and he should keep them for his own use. No General but Banks was blamed for the campaign.
Stone is pronounced without fault in the matter.
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