rent river, when, much to my surprise, I saw two trains come into town from Morehead City, which proved clearly that Barton had not reached the point of destination.
We remained in front of Newbern all day Tuesday, waiting Barton's move, when, much to my disappointment, a dispatch was received from him, stating that it was impossible for him to cross the creek.
Being junior officer, it does not become me to speak my thoughts of this move.
On Wednesday we were ordered to return towards Batchelor's creek, my brigade bringing up the rear.
Colonel Wood, on Sunday, found no boats in the river, but on Monday night most gallantly destroyed one of their first-class boats.
Our surprise was most complete, and had all parties done their duty, our hopes would have been more than realized.
We now know the place was within our grasp, which was seen before leaving the front of the town.
The enemy were thoroughly routed and demoralized.
I hope, Major, the General will not think it was o