Later in the day I sent off the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Virginia to report to Colonel Dearing on the north side of the Neuse river — with this three pieces of artillery,--Whitford's regilroad bridge, effectually, should he only succeed in the first cutting off of rein-forcements; Dearing, by taking Fort Anderson, would have a direct fire upon the town and an enfilading fire upon thood went down the Neuse on the night of the 31st with his party but did not find the gunboats.
Dearing found Fort Anderson too strong to attack.
Barton's cavalry failed to cut the railroad and teleon, now on duty on north bank of Neuse river, below Kinston, formed the column commanded by Colonel Dearing, which was to make demonstrations against Washington; or, if he could surprise Fort Andersorom Kinston.
On this night, General Barton, with his command, was fifteen miles from Kinston.
Dearing was progressing finely, and General Martin was en route from Wilmington towards Morehead City.