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th United States, encamped the first night at Deep Creek, nine miles from Portsmouth. Following the tow-path of the Dismal Swamp Canal, which commences here, a march of eighteen miles was accomplished the next day, the men encamping at night on Ferrebee's farm. A halt was made here until the middle of the following day, boats with rations and forage being expected to arrive. These not appearing, General Wild determined to advance, trusting to Providence and the country for the subsistence of no portion of the South had I seen more magnificent plantations. Here the work of canvassing began in earnest, and the march of the colored troops was that of an army of liberation. The first plantation to which we came belonged to a man named Ferrebee. Fourteen slaves were found in the negro quarters. Would they go with us? Yes. A squad of men, detailed for the purpose, found a cart under the shed, to which a horse, caught in the pasture, was harnessed; the furniture belonging to the slav
The fight at Franklin, Southampton county. We have received some particulars of the engagement, which resulted in the repulse of the enemy, at Franklin, Southampton county, on Friday last. The advance of the enemy was proclaimed by a report from one of his gunboats, three or four of which were discovered ascending the Black-water river. A number of the Partisan Rangers of Col. Ferrebee, of North Carolina, were posted in undergrowth along the river's bank. When the boats arrived within range, the Rangers opened upon them, very soon clearing the decks. For some time the boats attempted to press forward, but the unerring aim of the men on shore finally disheartened them, and they retreated down the river. It is believed that the enemy's killed and wounded in the affair will amount to one hundred. But two men were wounded on our side — none killed. There was no artillery in the fight on our side. In the afternoon of the same day the enemy advanced in considerable force f
t of food and ammunition. A rumor on the streets this morning says reinforcements have passed Kinston. on the south side of the Nouse, to succor their skedaddling friends. As the smoke of battle clears away it reveals a considerable slaughter among the Yankees at White Hall on Tuesday. A hundred of their dead were left unburied on the field, and a pit a hundred yards long filled with dead has been found. Only three companies of the 59th and 11th North Carolina were engaged. Col. Ferrebee, of the 59th with 18 men of the 11th. fought the enemy for several hours until reinforced by three of his own companies, who were subsequently relieved by the 11th, (Col. Leaventhorpe) under the immortal Bethel flag, who ultimately drove them from their guns into the woods. The 31st North Carolina (Col. Jordan) was on the field, but with the exception of one company seems to have taken no part in the action. [second Dispatch.] Goldsboro, Dec. 19, P. M. --Col. Fremont, Chief
c. At an early hour yesterday morning the various rumors from Petersburg began to assume shape and form, and as the day advanced reliable accounts of the situation of affairs were received. It appears that on Wednesday morning, soon after dawn, the enemy advanced with seven regiments of infantry and one of cavalry, by the City Point read, upon some breast works hastily thrown up during the preceding night, at Taylor's farm, six or seven miles from Petersburg. Here they were met by Colonel Ferrebee's 4th North Carolina cavalry and Graham's (Petersburg) battery, who fought bravely and held them in check for four hours, but were finally compelled to fall back before overwhelming numbers, which, was done in good order and with but few casualties. The loss inflicted upon the enemy was serious, the balls and shells telling upon them with admirable effect. A report that Graham lost one gun, in consequence of the horses being disabled, is not confirmed. At other points along our lines