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The Daily Dispatch: February 5, 1864., [Electronic resource], Successes in North Carolina--defeat of the enemy at Newbern — capture of prisoners. (search)
Successes in North Carolina--defeat of the enemy at Newbern — capture of prisoners. For several days the North Carolina papers have been hinting at an attack on Newbern, N. C. On Monday last the movement on that town commenced, and the result is given as follows in an official telegram from Major-General Prikett. Kinston, Feb. 3d, 1864. To Gen. S. Cooper. I made a reconnaissance within a mile and a half of Newbern, with Hoke's brigade and a part of Coral's and Clingman's, and some artillery, met the enemy in force at Batchejar's Creek, killed and wounded about 100 in all captured 18 officers and 280 prisoners, 34 negroes, 8 rifled pieces and caissons, 300 stand of small arms, 4 ambulances, 3 wagons, animals, a quantity of clothing, camp and prison equipage, and 2 flags. Commander Wood, C. S. N., captured and destroyed the U. S. gunboat Underwriter. Our loss was 35 killed and wounded. [Signed.] G. E.Pickett. Major Gen. Commanding. We regret to
the Pugh town road, on a hill commanding their main fort. A circuit of some eight miles was necessary, to avoid observation. Gen. Gordon's brigade of Georgians, with the Maryland battalion of infantry, having been left in the meantime confronting the enemy at Hollingsworth's Mill, near the town, pushed the enemy's pickets to the edge of town, and would have driven them farther, but for fear of drawing the enemy's fire on the town. The rest of the division, consisting of Smith's Hays's, and Hoke's brigades, were now engaged in the execution of the flank movement. Meantime General Johnston moved a portion of his division across the Millwood road, and threw out a line of skirmishers, so as to divert attention from Early's operations. These skirmishers were commanded by Lt. Col. H. J. Williams, who was severely wounded after a conspicuous display of gallantry. With a single line of skirmishers he more than once repulsed the enemy's heavy line of battle, supported by artillery. This