l Barton communicated to me by courier, on Tuesday morning, saying he found the work laid out for him impracticable.
This not being satisfactory to me I sent Captain Bright, my aid-de-camp, across the Trent to communicate with him in person.
This was accomplished by Captain Bright at a good deal of risk.
General Barton informedCaptain Bright at a good deal of risk.
General Barton informed him he had been entirely misinformed as to the strength of the place, and that he pronounced the work as too strong to attack, and that he had made no advance and did not intend to, and that he had sent out twice his cavalry to cut the railroad and they returned without accomplishing it.
Captain Bright then, by my direction, oCaptain Bright then, by my direction, ordered him to join me. General Barton said he would try to cross at Pollocksville, but would be unable to cross that night (the 2d), and expressed some doubt as to whether he could cross at all at that point; should he fail there, he would be compelled to go much higher up the river.
Thus the earliest possible moment at which he