rters brigade, February 21, 1864.
Major,--I have the honor to make the following report of the part borne by the forces under my command in the recent advance against Newbern.
These were Kemper's (Colonel Terry), Ransom's, my own brigade (Colonel Aylett), twelve pieces of artillery, and twelve (12) companies of cavalry.
On the 29th ultimo I detached Colonel Baker with seven (7) companies of his regiment (Third North Carolina cavalry) and five (5) companies of the Sixty-second Georgia cavas on the south of the Trent were of the most formidable character-deemed by the enemy impregnable — and to be approached only by a bridge over Brice's creek, a considerable stream both deep and wide.
A reconnoisance made by General Ransom, Colonel Aylett, and myself, showed an open plain, varying from a mile to two miles in breadth, Teaching to Brice's creek — this very deep, and about eighty yards wide, with marshy banks, the timber upon which had been cut down.
A temporary bridge; on the e