y for shipment to the enemy.
Many grist mills, grinding corn for the enemy, were burned by the officers of the Valley City.
At this time the Confederate commissaries were out in great force gathering stores for the Army near Suffolk, and it was desirable to destroy as much provisions as possible — even though the non-combatants suffered considerably.
Such is the law of war — no distinction can be drawn in such cases, and on this occasion the duty was performed very thoroughly.
On May 31st, 1863, General Dix concluded to evacuate West Point, at the head of York River, and on that day the Federal Army marched out, covered by the gun-boats Commodore Morris, Commodore Jones, Morse and Mystic, under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Gillis.
The operation was effected without the slightest accident, and without any demonstration on the part of the enemy.
Everything belonging to the United States Government was safely removed, the gun-boats taking on board the forage, provisions a