ment from Kinston, I, on Friday, forwarded to that point from Goldsboroa, all of Kemper's brigade, and three regiments of Ransom's brigade from Weldon, together with six rifled pieces and cannoniers, which, with Barton's brigade, six hundred cavalry, go in. The remainder of Corse's brigade, two regiments of Clingman's brigade, the Fifty-sixth North Carolina regiment of Ransom's brigade, and my brigade, with four Napoleons, eight rifled pieces and cannoniers, arrived at Kinston during Saturday (the part borne by the forces under my command in the recent advance against Newbern.
These were Kemper's (Colonel Terry), Ransom's, my own brigade (Colonel Aylett), twelve pieces of artillery, and twelve (12) companies of cavalry.
On the 29th ulti approached only by a bridge over Brice's creek, a considerable stream both deep and wide.
A reconnoisance made by General Ransom, Colonel Aylett, and myself, showed an open plain, varying from a mile to two miles in breadth, Teaching to Brice's c