, 1862, he planned an attack upon tie Confederate fortifications of Kinston and the railroad at or near Goldsborough, and asked the co-operation of the naval flotilla, at that time commanded by Commander A. Murray.
The following gun-boats were assigned to this expedition: Delaware, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant A. P. Foster; Shawsheen, Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant T. C. Woodward; Lockwood, Acting-Master G. W. Graves; Seymour, Acting-Master F. S. Wells, and the Army transports, Ocean Wave, Major Uliam; Allison, Gunner, E. A. McDonald, U. S. N.; Port Royal, Acting-Master G. B. Thompson, U. S. N.; Wilson. Captain Rodgers, and North State, Captain Berry.
This flotilla left Newbern on the evening of the 12th of December.
The Allison, Port Royal, Ocean Wave and Wilson were in the advance, under Colonel Manchester of the Marine Artillery, with orders to push ahead and reconnoitre, and in case of an attack, or the discovery of the enemy's batteries, to fall back on the heavier vessels.