, and virtually commanding that portion of North Carolina
which lies east of the Chowan
, had been occupied and fortified for the Union
not long after the recovery of Norfolk
, and a fight had occurred1
at Kelly's Store
, eight miles south of it, between a Rebel force under Gen. Roger A. Pryor
and a Union expedition under Gen. M. Corcoran
, wherein both sides claimed the advantage.
Our loss was 24 killed and 80 wounded. Pryor
reports that his loss “will not exceed 50;” among them Col. Poage
, 5th Virginia, and Capt. Dobbins
was never seriously threatened till the Spring
of 1863, when Longstreet
against it with a force which Peck
estimates at 40,000: 24,000 (three divisions) having been drawn from Lee
's army; while D. I. Hill
had brought a full division from North Carolina
There was sharp fighting during the ensuing week, but the advantages of shelter and of naval cooperation on our side overbalanced that of superior numbers; and every attempt to break through our rather extended lines was decidedly repulsed.
A Rebel battery having been planted near the west branch of the Nansemond
, it was stormed and carried by Gen. Getty
, with the 8th Connecticut and 89th New York, aided by Lt. Lamson
and our gunboats: 6 guns and 200 prisoners being the net profit.
Still,the siege was prosecuted, with no decided success, until May 3d; when Longstreet
gave it up and drew off-doubtless under orders given by Lee
when he seemed most in need of help on the Rappahannock
estimates the Rebel
loss during the siege at 2,000 men; while ours was inconsiderable.