War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0597 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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FORT MAGRUDER, June 4, 1864.

Lieutenant SCHROEDER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

The following message from Jamestown Island just received:

SIR: I have the honor to report that the steam-barge Mayflower has just stopped, and reports that the rebels opened on them with a battery of three pieces at the Point of Shoals, about 5 miles below here. They also report a gun-boat ashore.

C. H. LIBEAN,

Lieutenant, Commanding Post, Jamestown Island.

W. H. P. STEERE,

Colonel, Commanding.

JAMESTOWN, June 4, 1864.

Lieutenant H. T. SCHROEDER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

The following was left here from headquarters Wilson's Wharf, June 4:

CAPTAIN OF THOMAS POWELL OR OTHER TRANSPORT:

On your passage down you will stop at Jamestown Island and telegraph thence to Fort Monroe that the enemy have a light battery on the south bank of the James, opposite Middle Light Point of Shoals, below Hog Point, and have fired upon our steamers. Request that gun-boats be sent up from Newport News to shell them out.

Respectfully, yours,

EDWD. A. WILD,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

[OPERATOR.]

FORT MONROE, June 4, 1864.

General SHEPLEY:

Following dispatch has been received from West Point, June 4, to George D. Sheldon, manager telegraph line:

I have guards stationed day and night at each end of the cable. There are 38 miles line from here to Gloucester Point. It will require 50 mounted men to patrol line properly. There are 20 here now. The balance had better come over line to this point and report to Lieutenant McGee, and he will station them so that they can go over every part of the line each day, and have 10 men in reserve at each end for escort to repairers.

WM. MacINTOSH,

Line Builder.

I would recommend that the disposition of the forces asked for be made.

H. T. SCHROEDER,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. DIST. OF NORTH CAROLINA, New Berne, N. C., June 4, 1864.

Major R. S. DAVIS,

A. A. G., Hdqrs. Dept. of Va. and N. C., in the Field:

MAJOR: I respectfully request that a few of the surf-boats, which I understand are now at Norfolk or Fort Monroe, may be sent to me. I wish to land quickly on the shore, near Masonborough Inlet,