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Doc. 69.-attack on Newbern, N. C. General Palmer's despatch. Newbern, N. C., February 1, 8 o'clock P. M. early this morning our outposts at Bachelor's Creek were attacked by the enemy, represented to be in force about fifteen thousand strong, consisting of Hope's brigade and Pickett's entire division. It being impraith the evident intention of cutting it. The commander at Beaufort is aware of the situation, and will use every effort to prevent the destruction of the road. J. W. Palmer, Brigadier-General. A national account. Newbern, N. C., Wednesday, February 3, 1864. My note of yesterday contained a promise of something in addit. While it renders all approach from the west impossible, it commands the city and both rivers. From the tavern, every point about Newbern is visible. Brigadier-General Palmer, who commands in the absence of General Peck, his staff, a few other officers, and, by special favor, the writer, (your correspondent,) were inside the f
ave not studied the battle, I am held responsible. How much I had actually present to engage, will be shown in a little while. General Thomas had his own four divisions, and to strengthen him, Johnson's, of McCook's, by far the strongest, and Palmer's,of Crittenden's, the strongest of that corps, had been sent the day before, and fought upon the left throughout the day. Crittenden's remaining divisions were to be in reserve, and ready to support either Thomas or McCook. I had in line twofirst Ohio, of the same division, covered his retreat, losing three fourths of its strength. General Brannan commanded in this battle the largest division in the army — the division once commanded by General Thomas. With that, and portions of Palmer's and Negley's divisions, he maintained his ground with obstinacy, the troops evincing great gallantry and devotion until reenforced, and nothing could exceed the desperate determination with which the rebels endeavored to gain possession of this