GENERAL BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,
May 30, 1864 - 6.30 p. m. (Received 1.40 a. m. 31st.)
SECRETARY OF WAR:
I learn from a reliable deserter from the enemy that the Holcombe Legion, consisting of 300 or 400 men, has gone to Charleston, and that Colquitt's brigade is to follow on behind them. They were sent in pursuance to a telegram received by General Beauregard on Saturday, saying that by the time he (Beauregard) received the dispatch Secessionville would be in the hands of the enemy. This the deserter heard from Colonel Gaillard, of the Twenty-seventh South Carolina.
BENJ. F. BUTLER.
FORT MONROE, VA., May 30, 1864 - 11.30 a. m.
(Received 12.30 p. m.)
General M. C. MEIGS,
Quartermaster-General U. S. Army:
Have sent and send to-day to White House 91,360 bushels of grain, 670 tons of hay, 1,097 tons of anthracite coal, and 196 tons bituminous coal.
FORT MONROE, VA., May 30, 1864 - 8.30 p. m.
(Received 9.30 p. m.)
Captain E. S. ALLEN,
Assistant Quartermaster, Washington, D. C.:
Have not a steamer or pilot in harbor. More than half of our steamers have to run without pilots up the York. Have sent for all the York and Pamunkey River pilots that I can hear of, which have been few. Some of General Benham's boats are here. Troops have orders not to disembark anywhere till arrival of General Benham. Tell General Rucker will return the City of Albany and Ranger soon as I can get hold of them.
Farrar's Island, James River, May 30, 1864 - 4 p. m.
(Via Fort Monroe, 1.30 p. m. 31st. Received 2.30 p. m.)
Honorable GIDEON WELLES,
Secretary of the Navy:
A deserter from rebel vessel-of-war Hampton reports to-day that the enemy have now below Drewry's Bluff three iron-clads, six small gun-boats, plated with boiler-iron, each mounting two guns of 6-inch and 4-inch bore, all fitted with torpedoes, and nine fire-ships, filled with combustible material, with which they propose to attack the fleet in James River at as early a moment as practicable by sending down their fire-ships first, closely followed by the iron-clads and other vessels. The deserter says that the vessels have been ready for one week, and that their crews were supplied by men from Lee's