gullies and ravines which opened toward the enemy, affording no protection from his fire.
The naval battery was in our center, Gen. Reno
's brigade on the right, Gen. Parke
's in the center, and Gen. Foster
's on the left; and the regiments most effective at Roanoke
were all honorably distinguished here, as were the 4th and 5th Rhode Island, the 8th and 11th Connecticut, 9th New Jersey, and 51st Pennsylvania.
There was, of course, a great disparity of numbers — probably three to one--but this was in effect a contest wherein infantry were required to charge and carry strong intrenchments, well provided with artillery.
The loss was naturally much the greater on our side.
After an hour's sharp fighting, the 21st Massachusetts, Col. Clark
, accompanied by Gen. Reno
, was ordered forward on a double-quick, and went over the Rebel
It was immediately charged by two Rebel regiments, and repulsed; when Capt. Fraser
, being wounded, was taken prisoner, but soon captured his guard and escaped.
The 4th Rhode Island, disliking its position in front of a Rebel battery of 5 guns, well backed by a fire from rifle-pits, next attempted a charge, and carried the battery at double-quick; finding an entrance between a brick-yard and the parapet.
Once inside, the Colonel
formed his right wing in line, and charged down upon the guns at full speed, capturing the entire battery, routing its supports, and planting his flag on the parapet.
The 5th Rhode Island and 8th and 11th Connecticut immediately rushing up, our triumph at that point was secure.
, on our right, seeing that he was losing heavily from the Rebel
battery in his front, called up his reserve regiment, the 51st Pennsylvania, Col. Hartranft
, and ordered a charge, in which the 21st and 24th Massacllusetts, 51st New York, and 9th New Jersey participated.
Its success was complete; and the whole line of Rebel works was very soon in our hands.
The enemy were now in full flight; and Gen. Burnside
ordered an advance on their track, which was led by Gen. Foster
; but the speed of the fugitives was inimitable, and, when our van reached the bank of the Trent
, opposite Newbern
, they found that city on fire in seven different places; the splendid railroad bridge over the Trent
a sheet of flame, having been fired by a scow-load of turpentine, drifted against it; and the Rebel
troops, with all the locomotives and cars in and about Newbern
, on their way inland toward Goldsboroa.
The wind suddenly lulling, the fires were soon extinguished by sailors from our fleet; but the railroad bridge, market-house, and about a dozen other structures, were burned.
Our captures at the Rebel
intrenchments and in the city included 69 cannon, two steamboats, large quantities of munitions and stores, with some 500 prisoners. Our total loss was about 100 killed and 500 wounded: the former including Lt.-Col. Henry Merritt
, 23d Massachusetts, Adjt. Frazer A. Stearns
, of the 21st, Maj. Charles W. Le Gendre
and Capt. D. R. Johnson
, of the 51st, and Capt. Charles Tillinghast
, of the 4th Rhode Island.
The Rebel loss, beside prisoners, hardly exceeded 200, including Maj. Carmichael
, killed, and Col. Avery
, having undisturbed