JULY 21, 1864. (Sent 9.30 p. m.)
Chief of Staff, City Point:
The following dispatch just received:
DEEP BOTTOM, July 21, 1864-8.45 p. m.
Chief Engineer and Acting Chief of Staff:
Learning that the enemy were at work where they had the battery placed on the 16th instant, and knowing that if allowed to intrench themselves they could injure my camps and the pontoon bridge, and obstruct navigation, I ordered the Eleventh Maine, under Lieutenant-Colonel Hill, to the bluff below Four-Mile Creek, with instructions to advance and occupy the enemy's position, which was done without loss, the enemy's picket falling back as our line advanced. Colonel Hill now holds the ground formerly occupied by the enemy, which is about one mile and a quarter in front of our work on the bluff and not far from Sweeney's Pottery. He has leveled the battery. Colonel Hill reports quite a force in his front. One lieutenant and 10 enlisted men were captured and have been sent to corps headquarters.
R. S. FOSTER,
Will the commanding general please order General Benham to send me another bridge 600 feet long, so that I can throw it from Jones' Neck to the down-river bank of Four Mile Creek, and thus enable us to re-enforce that bank if necessary, and thus keep the enemy from erecting batteries on that bank as this attempt was to command and shell our troops which are in position on the up-river bank of that creek.
Brigadier-General and Acting Chief of Staff.
CITY POINT, VA., July 21, 1864-10.45 p. m.
I see constant flashing, as if burning powder, in the direction of General Foster's camp. Do you know what it is? I hear no sound of artillery, but thought it possible the enemy might be shelling Foster's camp.
U. S. GRANT,
JULY 21, 1864. (Sent 10.50 p. m.)
General U. S. GRANT,
The general has retired. The Eleventh Maine Regiment, which had driven the enemy, as already reported to you, has in turn been driven, after a fight, back into our intrenchments. Nothing serious reported. I have requested the navy to shell the enemy, as they must be in some force to protect their working parties, which will undoubtedly attempt again to erect the battery which the Eleventh Maine destroyed.