April 11.--The enemy advanced upon Suffolk, Va., from Blackwater, drove in our pickets, capturing the outpost of cavalry on South Quay road, and was not checked until within artillery range, when he was driven back.
April 12--He advanced on the Somerton road, but was repulsed, retiring hastily, and our infantry pickets were posted on the original lines.
April 13.--The enemy concentrated along the Nansemond, erected heavy batteries, and succeeded in blockading the river; he failed in all his attempts to effect a crossing. The gunboats and our batteries were almost incessantly engaged and several times silenced the enemy's batteries.
April 19.--The enemy opened on the gunboats from Fort Huger. A plan was immediately agreed upon by General Getty and Lieutenant Lamson, U.S. Navy, to cross the river and attack the fort. The gunboats and batteries opened upon it impetuously. In the mean time a detachment from the Eighty-ninth New York Volunteers and from the Eighth Connecticut crossed on the gunboat Stepping Stones and stormed the fort, and were highly successful, capturing five pieces of artillery, two 20-pounder Parrotts and three 12-pounder howitzers; also 129 prisoners, including 9 officers.
April 20.--Major Stratton, Eleventh Pennsylvania Cavalry, visited Elizabeth City, N.C., and found it abandoned by our forces.
April 27.--A reconnaissance in force was made upon the enemy's right flank on the Edenton road, also on the Somerton, and after some skirmishing the enemy was driven from his rifle-pits back upon his main line. Two transports ran the blockade under the volunteer pilotage of Lieutenants Rowe and Horton, Ninety-ninth New York Volunteers. Many shots were fired by the enemy, but little damage was done to the steamers.
April 28, 29, and 30.--Skirmishing on the river between our gunboats and the enemy.
The following re-enforcements arrived during the month:
April 12.--Ninth New York Volunteers, assigned to Getty's division.
April 14.--Nineteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, assigned to Getty's division (transferred April 28.
April 16 and 17.--Two brigades assigned to Abercrombie's division, consisting of eight regiments; one regiment transferred to General Corcoran's division.
April 18.---One hundred and seventeenth New York Volunteers, assigned <ar26_272> to General Getty, and One hundred and sixty-ninth New York Volunteers, assigned to General Corcoran.
April 19.--Detachment of the Third New York Volunteers and the First Delaware, Sixteenth and Nineteenth New York Batteries.
April 17.--The Ninth Vermont was assigned to General Getty and transferred, April 24, to the Reserve Brigade. The Twenty-sixth Michigan and One hundred and fifty-second New York assigned to General Corcoran.
April 22.--The Tenth New Jersey was assigned to General Corcoran and the One hundred and eighteenth New York assigned to Reserve Brigade.
The following officers were killed and wounded during the month:
April 8.--Captain Bowdish, commissary of subsistence; killed by accident on the railroad.
April 12.--Lieut. Col. Edgar A. Kimball. Ninth New York Volunteers; killed by Brig. Gen. M. Corcoran while on duty.
April 23.--Capt. John E. White, Ninety-ninth New York Volunteers; wounded by rebel sharpshooters.
April 24.--Surg. James Wilson, Ninety-ninth New York Volunteers; wounded by rebel sharpshooters. Second Lieut. B. Conron, Thirteenth Indiana Volunteers; killed in skirmish on Somerton road. Col. C. Buell, One hundred and sixty-ninth New York Volunteers; wounded in skirmish on Somerton road. Maj. Alonzo Alden, One hundred and sixty-ninth New York Volunteers; wounded in skirmish on Somerton road.
April 15.--Capt. J. McAnally, One hundred and fifty-fifth New York Volunteers; wounded in the skirmish on Edenton road.
April 24.--Second Lieut. T. J. Cantwell, One hundred and sixty-fourth New York Volunteers; wounded in the skirmish on Edenton road.
May 1.--The Ninety-ninth New York Volunteers had a skirmish with the enemy on South Quay road, near Suffolk. Loss: killed, 4; wounded, 42.
May 2.--Two companies of the Third Pennsylvania Artillery reported.
May 3.--Reconnaissance on the Petersburg road by General Getty; enemy driven from their rifle-pits on their main line. Loss, killed and wounded, 60. After dark the enemy abandoned the siege of Suffolk, retiring in haste toward the Blackwater.
May 4.--Colonel Foster commenced pursuit after the enemy, coming on the rear guard at Leesville, which were dispersed and most of them captured. General Corcoran pursued them on the Edenton road, General Terry on the South Quay road, and a cavalry detachment on the Petersburg road, but all were unable to come across any force. Many prisoners were captured, mostly stragglers (about 250), including 4 officers. One hundred and thirty signified their willingness to take the oath of allegiance and were sent North.