and doing camp duty; that in Elizabeth City
county, volunteers and militia numbered about 600 men, so that about 1,200 could be raised on the peninsula.
He asked for arms and a battery of field pieces for these men, and for cadets to drill them.
In a private letter of the same date, Major Ewell
informed General Lee
that there was disaffection in the Poquosin island
section of York county
, from which there had been no volunteers, and it might be well to give him authority to call out the militia of the Sixty-eighth regiment from that section if found necessary.
Col. Charles K. Mallory
, of the One Hundred, and Fifteenth regiment, Virginia
militia, from Hampton
, on the 13th informed Governor Letcher
that two companies from Fort Monroe
had taken possession of Mill creek
bridge and of the property adjoining, giving as a reason for so doing that they wanted possession of a well of water on that side of the creek.
He thought their object was to hold the north bank of Mill creek
, and perhaps erect works there.
Considering that movement an invasion of Virginia
, he had ordered out the volunteer companies of Elizabeth City county. General Lee
went to Norfolk
on the 16th to look into the condition of military affairs at that point, returning to Richmond
on the 19th.
On the 18th, the United States
fired on the unfinished Virginia battery at Sewell
's point, but did no damage.
There were no guns there at that time, but three were immediately sent forward from Norfolk
and got in position by 5 p. m. of the 19th.
During the 19th the Monticello
lay opposite Sewell
's point, apparently not suspecting the placing there of three 32pound-ers in battery.
When the Monticello
opened again at 5:30 p. m., the battery at once replied with such effect as to drive her off, and while many shot and shell fell in and around the battery no material loss was suffered.
Capt. P. H. Colquitt
, of the Columbus (Ga.)
Light Guards, was in command at Sewell
's point, with three companies from Norfolk
In the absence of a Confederate flag that of the State of Georgia
was hoisted over the battery.
He reported that the troops acted with great bravery and he had to restrain them in their enthusiasm.
On the night of the 19th additional guns and ammunition were sent to Sewell
On the 21st the Monticello
steamed up and fired twice at the Sewell
's point battery, but when answered drew off.