During the night the movements of the enemy retreating were distinctly audible. A drenching rain came on next morning and flooded the woods where our men slept, and we were early ordered back to where the river joins the Long Bridge road.
Late in the evening of the 2nd I received orders from General Lee to return to this post, where I have since remained.
The accompanying map will illustrate my report.*
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HENRY A. WISE,
Major ARCHER ANDERSON, Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS, Chaffin's Farm, July 16, 1862.
GENERAL: I have the honor the forces you left here with on the morning of June 30, as follows:
The 26th Virginia 31 70 354
P. R. Page)
The 46th Virginia 31 64 306
R. T. W. Duke)
Artillery corps, two
Company A (Captain 4 9 63
Company C (Captain 2 7 62
Rivers), four pieces
Total 68 150 785
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES H. PEARCE,
Brigadier General HENRY A. WISE.
JUNE 28-JULY 1862. -Expedition from Fort Monroe to open communication with the Army of the Potomac.
Numbers 1. -Captain John C. Lee, Ninety-ninth New York Infantry.
Numbers 2. -Captain Wilhelm Heine, Volunteer Topographical Engineer.
Report of Captain John C. Lee, Ninety-ninth New York Infantry.
FORT MONROE, VA., July 5, 1862.
SIR: In obedience to your orders of June 28 I started at 7 p. m. for Windsor Shades, on the Chickahominy River, on board the steamer C. P. Smith, at which place we arrived at 11 a. m. June 29, where we found the United States gunboat Delaware aground on the bar.