schooner under the circumstances, at a point in the James River far above our lines and gun-boats, I consider worthy the notice of the commanding general.
I remain, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. F. SMITH,
Major-General, Commanding Eighteenth Corps.
Chief of Staff to Major-General Butler.
Numbers 46. Report of Surg. George Suckley, U. S. Army, Medical Director, of operations May 6-16.
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Cobb's Hill, Va., May 20, 1864.
COLONEL: I have the honor herein to furnish you a report of the killed and wounded of this corps that have come under my cognizance and general care since the corps landed at Bermuda Hundred, on the 6th day of May, 1864, to and including the casualties of the 16th instant:
A few men, comparatively, may have been treated at their regimental camps, or sent away on transports to Fort Monroe that 1 have had no official knowledge of, and who are not reported here, some of whom were killed outright on the battle-fields and either left with the enemy or instantly buried, I also cannot report for want of data, and the killed and wounded who have fallen in the hands of the enemy, especially during the battle of May 16, can only be accounted for in the general reports of their division commanders as among the missing. I learn from the rebel newspapers that 24 of our wounded fell into their hands during the engagement of the 7th instant, who were sent to their hospital at Petersburg, and I personally know of 7 dead left in the hands of the enemy on the same day. During the various engagements a moderate number of rebel wounded were captured. They were attended to fully as well as were our own men, and everything, so far as I know, that could be dictated by humanity or the countess of war was done for them.
Casualties in Eighteenth Army Corps.
Total number Died of wounds
of wounded almost immediately
Engagements of May 6 and
7, 1864; Heckman's 82 7
brigade, Second Division,
skirmishing of 8th, 9th, 172 19
10th, 11th, and 12th of
May: First and Second
skirmishing on 13th and 122 5
14th of May: First and
Skirmishing on the 15th of
May and battle of May 16: 568 6
First and Second Division
Total 944 37
Add 24 left in hands of 24 7
enemy, May 7, 1864
Add deaths at hospital
since May 6, not otherwise -- 30
accounted for, say
Grant total a (not
including those in hands 968 74
of the enemy, ont here
aThe 7th dead are included in the wounded, except the 7 killed outright, on the 7 killed outright, on the 7th of May.