Gen. McClellan sends the following dispatch to Secretary Stanton:
WILLIAMSBURG, May 6. — I have the pleasure to announce the occupation of this place, as the result of a hard fought action yesterday. Hancock's brigade engagement had the effect to turn the left of the enemy's line of works. The enemy abandoned their entire line during the night, leaving all his sick and wounded in our hands. His loss yesterday was very severe. We have some 300 men wounded, and have taken more than 1,000 wounded and prisoners.
Their loss is heavy. Our victory is complete. I have sent cavalry in pursuit. The conduct of our men was excellent, with scarcely an acception. The enemy's works were extensive and exceedingly strong.
Our loss in Hooker's division is heavy, but very little in other parts of the field. Hancock's success was gained with a loss not over 20 killed and wounded.
We have other battles to fight before reaching Richmond.
The rebels are flying from Williamsburg towards Richmond.
Gen. McClellan telegraphs from Johnston's headquarters as follows:
The weather is good to-day, but there is great difficulty in getting up food, on account of the roads. Very few wagons have yet come up. Amid authorized to follow the examples of other Generals, and direct the names of battles to be placed on the colors of regiments.
Signed GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
Maj. Gen. Commanding.
WASHINGTON, May 7. — The enemy have evacuated Williamsburg and fled towards Richmond. Our army is following them up vigorously.
The battle on Monday was very severe, and the loss of the rebels proves to have been very large.