Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

GENERAL BUTLER

General Butler's Headquarters,

May 25, 1864--11 a.m. (Received 9 p.m.)

 


General Fitzhugh Lee abandoned his attack on our post on Wilson's Wharf during the night, having completely failed. He lost 20 killed, whom he left on the ground in our hands. Among these is reported  Major Breckinridge, of the Second Virginia Cavalry. He removed his wounded. We took 19 prisoners from him. Our own loss is 1 man killed, 20 wounded, and 2 missing. The defense was commanded by Brigadier-General Wild in person, commanding a force of 1,800 men, all of whom were negroes.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,


BENJ. F. BUTLER,
Major-General, Commanding.


Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.

 

 


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