In S01E04 of Star Trek: Discovery TV series, we learned that

Flagship of Klingons was still there at the site of Battle at Binary Stars for whopping 6 months. That battle was a full-scale battle in which Admiral had died.

In the aftermath of the battle, why didn't Starfleet send more ships there to kill or capture Klingon survivors?

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    @NKCampbell Nope. It was clearly visible as far as I remember. Yeah, Kor said that the ship was unique because it had cloaking technology.
    – I' Robot
    Oct 12 '17 at 18:13
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    Because Michael was busy being inducted into Discovery and since this whole series seems to be about her alone solving everything with little need to emphasize the critical roles of anyone else, she wasn't able to single handedly go back and kill the remaining Klingons. But don't worry. She and she alone will probably do so in an upcoming episode
    – Kai Qing
    Oct 12 '17 at 18:59
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    @KaiQing - Voq is also an important character so far. But we're only four episodes in. I'd not be surprised if we get a "Tilly episode," a "Stamets episode," etc. It took some time for the other STs to get in that zone.
    – Adamant
    Oct 12 '17 at 19:02
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    @ChristieRomanowski - Well, would there have been any reason for Starfleet to assume that there were Klingon survivors? They’d probably picked up all Starfleet survivors by that time, and they were close to (or in?) Klingon space…so would they really want to go poking around?
    – Adamant
    Oct 12 '17 at 21:56
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    @Christie - Why not ask Captain Georgiou?
    – Adamant
    Oct 13 '17 at 0:17

Starfleet had conclusively lost the battle, and the survivors, with T'Kuvma's ship disabled, got the the hell out of Dodge. With war being declared, Starfleet had better things to do then check up on an uninhabited frontier system they'd been driven out of and they'd have no reason to think the Klingons hadn't returned and to collect the ship. The survivors on the ship clearly had some communication capability: when Kol showed up, there was no surprise that T'Kuvma was dead, so word had clearly gone out. They were obviously just being ignored until Kol decided it was to his advantage to reappear: for all anyone knows, he'd been monitoring the situation so he could swoop in just at the right time, before they managed to get themselves moving and were desperate for supplies.

So, taking all this into account, the obvious answer is that Starfleet simply didn't consider the possibility the Klingons would just leave the ship stranded there, and with the pressure of the war they were too busy to bother checking an old battlefield out on the edge of Federation space that had no strategic value.

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    Also, since when does Starfleet hunt down survivors? Oct 13 '17 at 7:58

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