A flag of truce — interesting Particulars.
The fact that Gen. Beauregard
on the 17th of April, sent a flag of truce to Gen. Buell
, in relation to our wounded in the battle of Shiloh
, has already been noticed.
The following very interesting account of the interview was obtained by the correspondent of the N. C. Picayunes
from Lieut. Sam. S. Harris
, who accompanied the flag to the enemy's line, as the bearer of Gen. Beauregard
, on reaching the line of the enemy's pickets, which are about half a mile northeast from the neutral hospital halted his escort, when he was approached by Lieut. Wickliffe
, of the 1st Kentucky regiment, who asked for his dispatches.
and his orders were to deliver them to Gen. Buell
or one of his staff.
A sergeant within the lines was then dispatched for Gen. Buell
In about half an hour the messenger returned with Gen. McCook
and staff, who said he would receive the dispatch for Gen. Buell
, as no flag of truce could be admitted into their lines, but that if Harris
has come a little sooner he would have seen Gen. Buell
The dispatch was then sent by McCook
, through a messenger, to Gen. Guell
, and in the meantime a conversation took place between Harris
, and several other Federal officers who were present, of which the following is the substance:
asked if we had the body of Gen. Johnston
, and being told the we certainly had, McCook
said that an officer was found dead on the field who was said by many to be Gen. Johnston
, and that the dead officer must have been of high rank, as he had a star in the collar of his coat.
replied that no officer of even considerable rank could been left on the field.
then asked where and Gen. Prentiss
was, and remarked, with great profanity and bad language, that he hoped we would keep him and his brigade, and that they had many Generals
of the same kind whom he wished we had captured.
He expressed great surprise at the manner in which our army was armed, saying that he expected to meet only flint-lock muskets, but that he found instead the finest Mints muskets and European Enfield
rifles, with far superior ordnance than they had, and suggested that they had been brought over by the Nashville
smiled and said, notify the Nashville
, but that many other vessels had brought us arms.
then asked where the Nashville
was at this time?
replied it with very uncertain!
then remarked that we must have had a large portion of the army of Manassas
present at the battle of Shiloh
replied that not a man oft was there.
‘"Then,"’ said McCook
, "where, under heaven, did your troops come from and where were they drilled? ' adding the attack on Sunday was most brilliantly planned and splendidly executed, and that we came near gaining a complete victory over them.
He was exceedingly severe on many Ohio
regiments, remarking that he supposed we considered them the greatest cow in the world.
He spoke in the highest tales of our officers, and said that our Government had made its appointments much creetly than his. He then asked how it was to Corinth
replied that he did not exactly know, but that the distance could be easily ascertained by a march.
railed, and said that they intended to have made a march in a few days, and should have been down there before this.
retorted, saying he thought the delay a wise one, as the road was improving every day, and that the longer they delayed, the better it would be, for they would certainly have to travel that road twice, they came.
Their officers seemed disposed to be pleasant and courteous, and a Virginia captain of the artillery, (Federal,) by the name of Teprell, expressed a desire to see Gen. Bragg
and learn his opinion as to how he thought his battery was served during the recent battle, alluding to Bragg
's battery, which served at Buena Vista
, now in possession of the Tennessee Harris
replied that the battery could not have been in Sunday's fight, or else he would not have asked the question, as all their batteries that day had been captured by us.
The renegade Virginian
than remarked that Gen. Hardee
was a great friend of his, whom be had known a well at West Point
, and that he would like to send him by Harris
two bottles of brandy.
regretted he could not conveniently carry the bottles.
then expressed some surprise at Gen. Beauregard
having address and his dispatch to Gen. Buell
, instead of Grant
, saying that the latter was in command.
The messenger now returned, when Gen. McCook
informed Lieut Harris
that General Buell
was absent from his headquarters but that an answer would be sent to our lines under a flag of truce that evening.
Having learned from Dr. Baumbaugh
, a Federal surgeon who accompanied Lieutenant Harris
, the purport of the dispatch, McCook
said that he did not doubt but that an exchange of wounded prisoners would be agreed to, but that our army had been so well supplied with ambulances and assistants during the recent fight, that nearly all our wounded had been recovered by ourselves.--Those that the had taken, be said, had principally been sent to St. Louis
, or Cincinnati
, to be batter cared for Lieutenant Harris
then took his leave.
In the afternoon a flag of truce from the enemy, covering a Federal surgeon and other officers, approached one lines with Buell
's reply, and an ambulance of medical stores for our wounded at the ‘" Hospital"’ Lt. Reese
, of the 1st Alabama regiment was sent to receive it, but refused a admission to the officers on the ground that we had though medical supplies of our own.
After the Federal
officer left, one of our pickets told Lieut Reese
he came up, and while the other picket had been in, the Yankee
officer under protection of the flag, endeavored to induce this to desert, pointing out the difference between his (the confederate picket) cloth grand act of the Federal
The picket replied with proper spirit and indigestion, telling the Yankee
officer that they must have but little regard for principle or honor in their army, when their officers, under the sanctity and protection of a flag of truce, could, in valuation of it, attempt to persuade a soldier to desert, and that all the good clothes in the world could not cover an act of villainy.
The Federal men felt rebuked, and seemed very enemy and anxious to get back.
It is a pity that our brave and honest picket, did not in form his officer of it before the Federal
man got off.