2 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Caen. XLVIII.
WILDERNESS TAVERN, May 6, 1864-11.30 a. m.
We have been engaged with the enemy in full force since early
yesterday. So far there is no decisive result, but I think all things
are progressing favorably. Our loss to this time I do not think ex-
ceedS 8,000, of whom a large proportion are slightly wounded. Brig-
adier-General Hays was killed yesterday, and Generals Getty and
Bartlett wounded. We have taken about 1,400 prisoners. Long-
street's, A. P. Hill's, and Ewell's corps are all represented among
the prisoners taken.
U. S. GRANT,
Major-General HALLECK, Washington, D. C.
Wilderness, May 7, 1864-10 a. m.
(Received by mail from Alexandria, Va., 10 p. m., 12th.)
We were engaged with'the enemy nearly all day, both on the 5th
and 6th. Yesterday the enemy attacked our lines vigorously, first
at one point and then another, from right to left. They were re-
pulsed at all points before reaching our lines, except once during the
afternoon on Hancock's front and just after night on Sedgwick's
front. In the former instance they were promptly and handsomely
repulsed ; the latter, Milroy's old brigade, was attacked and gave
way in the greatest confusion, almost without resistance, carrying
good troops with them. Had there been daylight the enemy could
have injured us very much in the confusion that prevailed , they,
however, instead of getting through the break, attacked General
Wright's division of Sedgwick's corps, and were beaten back.
Our losses to this time in killed, wounded, and prisoners will not
probably exceed 12,000, of whom an unusually large proportion are
but slightly wounded. Among the killed we have to deplore the loss
of Generals Wadsworth and Hays, Generals Getty and Bartlett
wounded, and Generals Seymour and Skaler taken prisoners. We
have about 2,000 prisoners. They report General Jenkins killed and
Longstreet wounded. I think the loss of the enemy must exceed
ours, but this is only a guess based upon the fact that they attacked
and were repulsed so often. I wish you would send me all the
information you have from General Sherman, by Bull Run, and all
the information from the James River expedition. At present we
can claim no victory over the enemy, neither have they gained a
single advantage. The enemy pushed out of his fortifications to
prevent their position being turned, and have been sooner or later
driven back in every instance. Up to this hour the enemy have not
shown themselves in force within a mile of our lines.
U. S. GRANT,
Maj. Gen. V. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff.
Piney Branch Church, May 8, 1864-11.30 a. m.
(Received 3.15 p. m.)
The army commenced moving south at 9 p. m. yesterday, and
when closed up to the position assigned for first day's march will