War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0288 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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by the enemy on the 21st instant, in the attack on Fort Powhatan, were shot to death in Petersburg at a place called the "Gallows," designated for the execution of condemned crimmals. Five other prisoners have been captured from this division since it has been in occupation of points upon the James River, of whose fate nothing is known at these headquarters. I respectfully request that investigation my be had to ascertain if the above-mentioned report is true, and to determine what disposition has been made of the other 5 prisoners alluded to. I also request that Private Heaton, of the Twenty-fourth Virginia Regiment, who was captured on the 28th instant, and all the prisoners captured from General Fitzhugh Lee, at Wilson's Wharf, on the 18th instant, be held for execution in retaliation for the murder of the soldiers of the Twenty-second Regiment, and of any other soldiers of this division who have met with a like fate, if the above report is proved to be true.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWD. W. HINKS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

MAY 28, 1864-5.30 p. m.

General BUTLER:

No dispatch has been received. has one been sent? Shall I take any action?

HINKS,

General.

MAY 28, 1864.

(Received 7 p. m.)

General HINKS:

Nothing will be done to-night. Telegraphed you at length.

BUTLER,

General.

HEADQUARTERS,

In the Field, May 28, 1864.

General HINKS:

In consequence of the imperative orders to embark at once General Smith's column in aid of General Grant, and the arrival of the transportation therefor, the attack on Petersburg, from which we hoped so much, must be postponed.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

MAY 28, 1864.

(Received 9.45 p. m.)

General HINKS:

Four deserters from Fort Clifton, and works near there, have just come in from across the river. They report Fort Clifton mounts five guns-three 30-pounders and two field pieces. Another fort