Correspondance to MAJ. Gen. B.F. Butler from EDWD. W. HINKS
HEADQUARTERS HINKS DIVISION,
City Point, Va., May 28, 1864
MAJ. Gen. B.F. Butler,
Comdg. Dept. Virginia and North Carolina, in the Field
GENERAL: It is reported that on Sunday, the 22d instant, 2 men of the Twenty-second U.S. Colored Infantry, who were captured by the enemy on the 21st instant, in the attack on Fort Powhattan, were shot to death in Petersburg at a place called the "Gallows," designated for the execution of condemned criminals. Five other prisoners have been captured from this division since it has been in occupation of points upon the James River, of whose fate nothing is known at these headquarters. I respectfully request that investigation may be ascertain if the above mentioned report is true, and to determine what disposition has been made of the other 5 prisoners alluded to. I also request that Private Heaton, of the Twenty-fourth Virginia Regiment, who was captured on the 18th instant, and all the prisoners captured from General Fitzhugh Lee, at Wilson"s Wharf, on the 18th instant, be held for execution in retaliation for the murder of the soldiers of the Twenty-seconf Regiment, and is of any other soldiers of this division who have met with a like fate, if the above report is proved to be true.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
EDWD. W. HINKS,