We lost 15 killed, including Adjutant Gadsden
, of the Zouaves, and 98 wounded, which was probably more than the loss of the Rebels
gave his men six hours much needed rest on the battle-field, and then returned to his boats, being under peremptory orders to do so. He was obliged to leave behind 14 of his more severely wounded.
As Camden Court House
was the only village traversed by Gen. Reno
on his advance, this engagement has been sometimes designated the battle of Camden
By this time, Burnside
's division, which had at no time exceeded 15,000 men, had become so widely dispersed, and had so many important points to guard, that its offensive efficiency was destroyed; and very little more of moment occurred in his department, until he was ordered by telegraph from Washington1
to hasten with all the force he could collect to Fortress Monroe
, where he arrived three days afterward.
was left in command of the department of North Carolina, with a force barely sufficient to hold the important positions left him by Gen. Burnside
, until late in the Autumn, when, having, been considerably reenforced by new regiments, mainly from Massachusetts
, he resolved to assume the offensive.
He led one expedition from Washington
through Williamnston to Hamilton
, on the Roanoke
, where he expected to find and destroy some iron-clads in process of construction ; but there were none.
Pushing thence inland,3
in the direction of Tarboroa
, he advanced to within ten miles of that place, expecting to surround and capture three Rebel regiments who had there been stationed; but by this time a far superior Rebel force had, by means of telegraphs and railroads, been concentrated at that point, and he wisely retreated without molestation or loss, other than that inflicted by the rain, sleet, and deep mud through which the retreat was effected.
The liberation of several hundred slaves was the chief result of this expedition.
A few weeks later, Gen. Foster
, with a considerably larger force — all that he could collect — set out from Newbern4
on a march directly inland, intending to reach and destroy the important railroad junction at Goldsboroa.
He encountered no impediments, save from trees felled across the road, until he reacheed South-west creek, where the bridge had been destroyed, and a regiment was found posted on the opposite blank, supporting three pieces of artillery.
These were driven off by a charge of tlhe 9th New Jersey, and 1 gun captured ; when, after two or three more skirmishes, Foster
to within a mile of Kinston
; where he encountered a considerable Rebel force under Gen. Evans
, strongly posted between the Neuse
and a deep swamp, whence they were driven after a short but sharp fight, and the bridge over the Neuse
saved, though it had been fired by the fugitives, of whom 400 were taken prisoners.
fled through and abandoned the town; but reformed two miles beyond it, and continued his retreat, before Foster
could bring his artillery over the injured bridge land attack him.
, having bewildered the