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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2008 10:51 pm
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JoanieReb:

I went through the army regulations (US, revised 1863) and could find nothing regarding communications with the enemy when you want to bury the dead and care for the wounded. As with so many cases, there are things that they did that we simply do not understand. My guess is that this "procedure" dates to some other period of history.

Brooks Simpson, in his bio on Grant, writes on page 329:

"That both sides needed to engage in such negotiations was due to the persistence of firefights for days after the repulse on June 3. Meade noted that the Confederates "made a furious attack" on the evening of June 5..."

So, it might be easy to conclude that the time consumed with the delivery of messages was due to the attacks and sharpshooting that continued after the battle.

 

Found another record of a truce between the lines. This one occurred on August 1, 1864, to buried the Federal dead from the Crater fiasco.

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