Abstract from Field Return of troops commanded by Major General S. G. French, May 20, 1863. (Ivor, Va.)
Troops Officers Men Aggregate Aggregate
Jenkins' brigade 250 2,394 2,965 4,120
Davis' brigade 163 2,414 2,971 3,455
32nd Regiment 21 89 161 260
41st North 7 194 224 232
Boggs' artillery 27 510 598 708
Moseley's 4 56 65 71
Bradford's 4 76 88 92
Fort Powhatan# ..... ...... 360 612
Camp Paroled 13 137 193 286
Battalion ....... ...... ........ .........
Grand total 489 5,870 7,625 9,836
*One company detached.
&Does not include exchanged prisoners.
+A portion only.
BURWELL'S BAY, May 21, 1863.
Major WILLIAM NORRIS, Chief of Signal Corps:
SIR: I have the honor to report my safe return, with dates of the 20th instant. The Yankees at West Point have been re-enforced, but from the best information I can obtain they do not, I think, number more than 10,000. Five or six light batteries and all the spare horses and mules at Fortress Monroe were sent to Yorktown on Monday. The force at Suffolk still numbers about 15,000.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. H. CAUSEY,
Captain, C. S. Army.
RICHMOND, May 21, 1863.
Genera D. H. HILL, Goldsborough:
You had better wait for receipt of General Lee's letter to you. I have telegraphed him to send a copy. The President says the letter refers the matter to your discretion according as you may find the strength of the enemy to be.
Adjutant and Inspector General.
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Raleigh, May 21, 1863.
His Excellency President DAVIS:
DEAR SIR: Captain Elliott, commanding a company of State troops, captured last Saturday two steamers in the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canals, one of them carrying a large mail. Upon overlooking the mail, in addition to various items of intelligence, we found a letter from a man by the name of Montgomery, in Washington City, to General Foster, at New Berne, proposing a general negro insurrection and destruc-