An interesting incident.
--The National Intelligencer, of Washington city
, learns from an authority which guarantees its entire authenticity, that the following interesting incident took place on Monday last, about 11 o'clock, in front of the Federal
lines on the Potomac
, opposite Washington
While five companies of the Twenty-third New York Regiment were on picket duty, one of their number advanced considerably ahead of his comrades, until he observed a man, who proved to be a Confederate officer, beckoning with the hand as if soliciting an interview.
On approaching near enough to be heard, the latter asked if he could see the captain of the company to which the Federal
picket belonged, and on this fact being reported to Captain Loyden
, commanding one of the companies in the 23d N. Y. Regiment, he directed a response to be given in the affirmative, and immediately proceeded to meet the Confederate
When the two had approached near enough to exchange words, Capt. Loyden
stated what arms he bore, and asked if the meeting was to be a hostile one.
The Confederate soldier stated that he was armed in like manner, but desired only a friendly interview Capt. Loyden
then advanced to meet the latter, who introduced himself as Capt. Saunders
, of the Eleventh South Carolina Regiment.
The two Captains
thereupon engaged in a familiar and friendly conversation, especially on the subject of shooting pickets, which they both deplored as contrary to the usages of civilized warfare, and which Capt. Loyden
informed Capt. Saunders
was contrary to the express order of his Colonel
, and of all Colonels
in the Federal
lines, who directed their men, when on picket duty, never to fire except in self-defence.
next inquired whether Capt. Loyden
was in receipt of any authentic intelligence respecting the capture of forts at Hatteras Inlet, a report of which had reached the Confederate
troops stationed in Fairfax county
. Capt. Loyden
having informed Capt. Saunders
that the intelligence was undoubtedly correct, the latter observed that, if so, it was ‘"a heavy blow"’ upon North Carolina
and the Southern
L. replied that in a war like this, between the Federal
; Government and the revolted States, it was to be expected that many such blows would be inflicted before the war was brought to an end. On parting, the New York Captain
tendered to the South Carolinian some cigars for himself and his brother officers — that Southern luxury being, according to Capt. Saunders
, a rare commodity in the Confederate
The two officers then shook hands, and after exchanging salutes, reversed their positions a la militaire,
and proceeded to rejoin their respective commands.