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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
o be said We burned her and retired, under fire from the shore batteries and also from a volley of musketry which whistled along the water. All the prisoners were secured but three or four, who jumped into a small boat and made for the shore. Captain Westervelt was one of this number. We could hear the cheers of the soldiery as they struck the bank. The morning of the attack the "Underwriter" had been hauled in shore as far as possible, and had her guns on the land side, trained upon the Neuse road, by which it was supposed we should advance. The other gunboat taking the alarm made up the Trent as fast as her steam would carry her, and, luckily for us, did not dare take part in the fight. Westervelt was slightly wounded in the leg by a ball which passed through his cabin. His officers say he was not upon the deck during the engagement, and accuse him of cowardice. When the shell exploded on the decks he leaped overboard, and, I dare say, will appear next as a Munchausen story
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.
ve been made of Sherman's army.--Some think he has sixty thousand men. We know he has four full army corps and a strong force of cavalry. His corps will not number less than twelve thousand men. From North Carolina--Raids on Tarboro' and Goldsboro'. It is said that a cavalry force of the enemy was advancing on Tarboro', on Tar river, near the Wilmington and Weldon railroad. A force (numbers unknown) is also reported as moving on Goldsboro' from Newbern, along the south bank of the Neuse. We fear there is much truth in these statements. The enemy have, for several weeks, been concentrating at Newbern. Raleigh is one hundred miles from Newbern; Goldsboro' is midway between the two places. It was reported that a large Yankee cavalry force was advancing on Salisbury from East Tennessee, but there was nothing in it. The Richmond and Petersburg lines. All continues quiet on the lines before Richmond and Petersburg. Grant congratulates himself on holding General
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