Engagement of Federal fleet with Confederate ironclads and shore batteries at Howlett’s, June 21, 1864.
Farrar’s Island, June 21, 1864—11 p. m.
(Via Fort Monroe, 4: 30 p. m., 22d. Received 6: 45 p. m.)
About noon enemy opened fire from Howlett’s Battery and from his ironclads and gunboats, which were concealed from view above Dutch Gap.
Saugus’s deck, before turret, was injured by one X-inch shot. A number of 1-inch iron plates required immediately to protect weak and cover wounded places; also spare screws for XV-inch guns. The enemy seems determined to control this part of the river.
Instead of withdrawing the Tecumseh, it is necessary to largely increase the ironclad force here.
S[amuel]. P. Lee,
Hon. Gideon Welles,
Secretary of Navy.1