first supposed to have been killed, as he was missing when the repulsed.
Federal troops made an enquiry into the extent of their loss, upon arriving at Hampton, after a rapid retreat of over eight miles. However, as no one, so far as can be ascertained, saw him fall, various conjectures now account for his absence — some think he was killed, some that he was taken prisoner, and others that he is hiding in the woods, near the scene of their defeat.
It is stated positively at Hampton that Col. J. B. Magruder was in command of the Confederate forces, which consisted of one artillery corps, with one hundred men and six pieces, a cavalry corps of ave of John Payne, and that he had run away to avoid fighting.
When the steamer arrived, Butler "confiscated" the negro, and retained him.
The reports in Hampton show that the Confederate troops are rapidly arriving in Yorktown, and that there is now a force of over 10,000 there.
The New York Tribune's account.