Correspondence between Gens. Grant and Beauregard.
HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
MONTEREY, April 8, 1862.
SIR: At the close of the conflict of yesterday, my forces being exhausted by the extraordinary length of time during which they were engaged with yours on that and the preceding day, and it being apparent that you had received, and were still receiving reinforcements, I felt it my duty to withdraw my troops from the immediate scene of conflict.
Under these circumstances, in accordance with usages of war, I shall transmit this, under a flag of truce, to ask permission to send a mounted party to the battlefield of Shiloh, or the purpose of giving decent interment to my dead.
Certain gentlemen wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity to remove the remains of their sons and friends, I must request for them the privilege of accompanying the burial party, and in this connection deem it proper to say, I am asking only what I have extended to your countrymen under similar circumstances.
Respectfully, General, your ob't serv't,
P. G. T. BEAUREGARD,
To Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant, U.S.A., commanding U. S. forces near Pittsburg, Tenn.