STATION Numbers 2, May 5, 18643-10.30 a.m.
I have just returned from Pine Tree and Deep Gully. Both of these posts are entirely deserted.
STATION Numbers 2, May 5, 1864-11 a.m.
I am at Red House. I shall not leave till forced or ordered by you. I will keep pickets on the Pine Tree road. Will draw in the pickets on the road to burnt church. I have heard no firing. I think it is only a cavalry scare.
Captain, Officer of the Day.
NEW BERNE, May 5, 1864-3.50 p.m.
I think the demonstration on the railroad is by a small force of cavalry and infantry for the purpose of interrupting our communications. Please keep a sharp lookout to-night, however.
I. N. PALMER,
STATION Numbers 1, May 5, 1864-5.25 p.m.
The colonel desires you to make the same precautions to-night with the extra posts, and patrol the road below your camp, as you did last night.
Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.
CAMP PALMER, May 5, 1864-7 p.m.
Lieutenant WILLIAM M. PRATT,
A reconnoitering party this a.m. found the enemy at Deep Gully.
Another this afternoon struck their pickets at the Pollockville Forks. My pickets now extended to the Gully. I have sent no verbal message to town, and no message of any kind to say, indicating, or hinting that I had been attacked or expected to retreat.
JAS. W. SAVAGE.
FORT GASTON SIGNAL STATION,
May 5, 1864-9.30 a.m.
Courier from Evans' Mill reports the enemy driving our pickets at 7.30. Artillery firing is heard in that direction at this hour, 9.30. I have sent to the front to ascertain more.