may 22, 1864-9.15 p. m.
I returned last night at 12 o'clock; Powhatan is safe. Can hold City Point against a greatly superior force. I forwarded a detailed report* of operations by a messenger this p. m. Everything is quit on our front.
E. W. HINKS,
HDQRS. 3rd DIV., 18TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 26. City Point, Va., May 22, 1864.
I. Paragraph II, Special Orders, Numbers 24, dated headquarters Third Division, Eighteenth Army Corps, City Point, Va., May 20, 1864, relating to the disposition of the artillery of this division, is so modified as to leave two section of Captain Howell's battery (M), Third New York Artillery, at Ford Powhatan, and one section at Wilson's Wharf. The other changes contemplated in the above named order will be made as soon as possible.
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V. Brigadier General E. A. Wild, commanding First Brigade, will order four companies of infantry, under the command of a lieutenant-colonel or major, to report to Colonel Kiddoo for duty at Fort Powhatan.
By command of Brigadier General E. W. Hinks:
SOLON A. CARTER,
Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
Farrar's Island, James River, May 22, 1864.
(Via Fort Monroe, 4.30 p. m. 24th. Received 5 p. m.)
Honorable GIDEON WELLES,
Secretary of Navy:
Monitors particle at Howlett Battery, firing 15-inch shell with great occurrence, but with no chance of stopping the progress of this commanding rebel work. The 15-inch is a great gun truly. Last night the enemy attacked the army, and were handsomely repulsed. Navy was in a position to fire if desired by signal from army, but no signal was made by army, as the direction of firing must be uncertain over high hills and woods.
S. P. LEE,
FORD MAGRUDER, May 22, 1864.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
Lieutenant Libean, in charge of picket at Jamestown Island, learns from a contraband that a force of some 40 rebels is at Surry
* See Part II, p. 167.