HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT, &C.,
In the Field, June 5, 1864.
COLONEL: General Butler directs me to inquire whether the sawmills at Sewell's Point, Tanner's Creek, Warwick, Portsmouth, Newport News, and others, if any, are running. Also, whether you can supply lumber for the use of this army. If you cannot supply lumber, he desires to be informed of the reason.
I am, colonel very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. J. PAINE,
Colonel and Acting Chief of Staff.
BERMUDA, June 5, 1864.
The Hero of Jersey arrived this a. m. She was fired into a the same place they fired into the Mayflower. Two small 6-pounder shells went through her; no damage.
JUNE 5, 1864.
GENERAL: Have heard from my force at West Point by telegraph, so presume they have connected Fortress Monroe with Grant.
June 5, 1864.
My lookout reports seeing some light artillery, estimated as two batteries come to Chaffin's Bluff battery and pass down the river there. Some fires have appeared back of Chaffin's Bluff to-day like camp-fires. Some mounted officers appeared on the green on Farar's Island as if on a reconnaissance this p. m. After our firing some of the enemy's batteries opened on battery Numbers 3, and one gun from Dr. Howlett's of pretty large caliber. Captain Foster has gone to report to you.
Q. A. GILLMORE,
June 5, 1864-3.40 p. m.
I have fired twelve times from Battery 3 at the point from which the enemy fired last. Caused no reply; only saw a few heads above their parapet.