FORT GASTON, May 5, 1864-9.45 a.m.
The commanding officer at Evans' Mill reports the enemy getting in his rear. Have ordered him to fall back. A force of the enemy has gone toward the railroad.
NEW BERNE, May 5, 1864-10.45 a.m.
Try to communicate with Croatan and inform them of the what has occurred.
FORT GASTON SIGNAL STATION
May 5, 1864-11 a.m.
Commanding Fort Spinola:
Keep a strict lookout on your front, and have everything in readiness. Our pickets have been driven in from Evans' Mill. Do not fire on the company coming from Evans' Mill.
By order of Colonel Amory:
F. H. FAILEY,
In charge of Station.
FORT GASTON SIGNAL STATION,
May 5, 1864-11.20 a.m.
Captain Graham from Evans' Mill reports our force at that place retreating this way. The enemy passed on toward Croatan, which has probably been attacked are this.
May 6, 1864-11.30 a.m.
Washington, D. C.,:
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 exceeds 8,000 of whom a large proportion are slightly wounded. Brigadier-General Hays was killed yesterday, and Generals Getty and Bartlett wounded. We have taken about 1,400 prisoners. Longstreet's, A. P. Hill's and Ewell's corps are all represented among the prisoners taken.
U. S. GRANT,