It was sent to General--, and on being opened was dated P. M., and was found to contain a request for a cessation of hostilities for two hours, until our dead, who were lying in front of their front, could be buried, and signed "Paul L. Semmes, Brigadier-General. " An answer was sent at 2.60 P. M. "To the General commanding the forces opposite," stating that the bodies of our men would be received at the middle of the dam or stream, and signed by command of the General commanding fpposite. A. A. G.
A reply was received, dated 4 P. M., that the proposition to send the bodies to middle of dam is accepted, and hostilities will be suspended for two hours from receipt of reply. Very respectfully, your obd't serv't, Paul L. Semmes, Brig. Gen.
Several of the rebel shells fired at Lee's Mills did not explode, as the fuse was not properly arranged.
On examination they were pronounced by one of our artillery officers to be of the old pattern left in the Norfolk