26.-expedition to Charles City courthouse.
Fortress Monroe, Va., Dec. 14.
General Wistar, with my approbation, sent out an expedition to Charles City Court-House on the James River, to capture the enemy's force stationed there, and I have the pleasure to forward his report of its complete success.
What adds to the brilliancy of its achievement is that it has been accomplished during a terrible storm. B. F. Butler, Major-General.
Yorktown, Va., Dec. 14, 1863. Major-General Butler:
I have the satisfaction to announce the complete success of the expedition sent out under Colonel West.
All worked in successful combination.
Our cavalry carried the enemy's camp at Charles City Court-House after sharp fighting — the enemy firing from their houses.
We captured eight officers and eighty-two enlisted men, being the whole command of three companies, fifty-five horses and three mules, besides many shot, etc., left on the ground.
The enemy's camp,