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14 enlisted men. Forty-four horses were killed and wounded. Three guns and two limbers were lost. My command being disabled, was ordered within the line of entrenchments.

I report the following expenditure of ammunition during the three days, viz:

Rounds.

Solid shot ........................................... 53

Shell:

Time fuse ............................................ 229

Percussion fuse ...................................... 29

Case-shot ............................................ 56

Canister ............................................. 52

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Total ................................................ 419

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. E. ASHBY,

Captain Battery E, Third New York Artillery.

Lieutenant Colonel N. BOWEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Numbers 72. Reports of Brigadier General Edward W. Hinks, U. S. Army, commanidng Third Division, of operations May 5-18.

HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

City Point, Va., May 13, 1864.

GENERAL: In obedience to your orders of this date, which was received at City Point during my absence to the front superintending the construction of works opposite Point of Rocks, I have the honor to submit the following brief report of my operations since leading at City Point on the 5th of May, instant:

As you are already aware, the First and Twenty-second Regiments U. S. Colored Troops, with two sections of Choate's battery, were landed at Wilson's Wharf; the Tenth and Thirty-seventh U. S. Colored Troops, with two sections of Howell's battery, were landed at Fort Powhatan, and Duncan's brigade, with one section of Choate's and one section of Howell's battery, were landed at City Point, all on the 5th instant, a member of my staff having been left at Wilson's Wharf to lay out and superintend the construction of proper earth-works. Immediately upon leading at City Point earthworks were commenced, the construction of which has since been pushed with all our available force, and is now progressing well. Four heavy guns, viz, one 30-pounder, two 20-pounder Parrotts, and one 8-inch howitzer, which were received on Sunday, the 8th, have since been mounted.

On Sunday evening, 8th instant, Captain Angell's battery of six 3-inch ordnance guns reported for duty, and the Thirty-seventh Regiment U. S. Colored Troops was withdrawn from Fort Powhatan and placed in the works at City Point; also Captain Dollard, Company D, Second U. S. Colored Cavalry, reported for duty. On Monday, 9th instant, with 1,800 infantry, one battery, and the company of cavalry, I made a reconnaissance toward Petersburg, upon