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The Daily Dispatch: February 11, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Yankee Fortifications at
The Yankee Fortifications at Newbern. --A letter from a soldier on the Newbern expedition says: Tuesday evening I went down on the picket line, and by climbing a tree had a tolerable fair view of Newbern. The town is situated at the junction of the Neuse and Trent rivers, on a sort of peninsula. The river defences are quite strong. There is a very heavy battery facing the river on the side from which I saw it, mounting some nine or ten heavy guns. The defences in front of the town consist of two lines of very heavy earthworks, running across from one river to the other, with a deep ditch or canal in front. This canal is said to be twenty feet broad and fifteen deep, filled with water, and the breastworks are said to be spiked on the top. Several large flags were visible besides the one which floated over the battery on our side, and I suppose marked the position of forts on the opposite side of the town. It having become evident that we could not take the town withou
The Daily Dispatch: March 23, 1864., [Electronic resource], From
From Newbern. --The Yankees are blockading the Neuse river four miles this side of Newbern, and have mounted a two hundred pounder rifle gun at the month of Bachelor's creek, immediately on the banks of the Neuse. The Yankee force at Newbern is estimated at about seven thousand. Gen is at Kinston, and has determined to break up the illicit traffic in cotton and tobacco that has been going on for a long time between some of our people and the Yankees at Newbern.