Hd Qrs "Wilderness"
11 a. m. May 7. 1864.
By mail from Alexandria Va.
MAJ GEN. H. W. HALLECK,
CHIEF OF STAFF
We were engaged with the enemy nearly all day both on the 5th & 6th. Yesterday the enemy attacked our lines vigorously first at one point and then another from right to left. They were repulsed at all points before reaching our lines, except once during the afternoon on Hancock's front, and just after night on Sedgwick's 1 front In the former instance they were promptly and handsomely repulsed. The latter, Milroy's old brigade, was attacked & 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 Gen Wright's 2 Div of Sedgwick's Corps & were beaten back.
Our losses to this time in killed, wounded & 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 Genls Wadsworth 3 & Hays, Genls Getty & Bartlett wounded & Genls Seymour & Shaler 4 taken prisoners. We have about 2.000 prisoners. They report Gen Jenkins 5 killed & 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 & were repulsed so often.
I wish you would send me all the information you have of Gen Sherman by Bull Run & also care of Genl Butler. Send by way of Bull Run 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
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