enemy's flag of truce was not a flag of truce, or at least was not respected by those who sent it, for Federal pickets were fired on and prisoners taken before the flag could possibly have reached its destination.
Moreover, I am informed by Adjutant Taylor that when he went to meet the flag, with his white handker-chief waving, he was fired upon, and had to retreat.
Thus the battle opened, leaving non-combatants, women, and children to make their escape through the rain of shot and shell, whiloss is fourteen killed, forty-six wounded, and perhaps thirty prisoners, taken from the hospitals.
It is difficult to estimate the rebel loss, as their killed and wounded were mostly buried by themselves or taken off in their retreat.
Adjutant Taylor estimates their loss at three hundred killed, and the usual proportion of wounded.
Cairo advices from points passed on their retreat indicate heavier losses.
One thing is certain — they came, they saw, and they got most terribly thrashed