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The Daily Dispatch: April 16, 1863., [Electronic resource], The siege of
Washington, N. C. (search)
The siege of Washington, N. C. Much interest is felt in the progressing siege of Washington, N. C., by the Confederates under Gen. Hill, which is increased from the fact that a force of about 10,000 Yankees manured from Newbern, thirty miles, to the relief of the place, was met at Blount creek, seventeen miles from Washington, and defeated by Gen. Pettigrew. The Yankees were attempting to gain Gen. Hill's rear, but after their defeat fled precipitately, cutting down the forest for miles in their own rear to impede the progress of our pursuing troops. As the garrison at Washington can no longer receive reinforcements or provisions by the river they will be forced to surrender. A good deal of shelling between our batteries and the gunboats and town batteries has been going on. We have lost only two killed--Jas. McKonnie and --Kelly, both of Wyatt's Virginia artillery. A letter to the Fayetteville (N. C.) Observer gives some account of the progress of the "siege." It says:
The Daily Dispatch: April 18, 1863., [Electronic resource], Progress of the
Siege of Washington. (search)
Progress of the Siege of Washington. We have news from Washington, D. C, as late as the 15th inst. Heavy cannonading was going on there then, and had been heard during the two days previous. As several heavy guns had been mounted by the Confederates, it is supposed the bombardment had commenced. The reraise of the Yankee forces at Blount creek, while attempting to reach Washington, seems to have been an utter rout. The Yankees admit having had 12,000 men there, but deny that more than three regiments were engaged. They put down their killed and wounded at 300. They had eighteen horses and two men drowned by the foundering of a boat in crossing the Nouse from Barrington's Ferry to Newbern, on the retreat from Blount's creek. It is reported that they are 25,000 strong at Newbern, and are being still further reinforced.