enemy by feints in different directions, advanced1
directly on Goldsboroa; but did not reach that point, because of a concentration in his front of more than double his force, under Maj.-Gen. G. W. Smith
with regiments drawn from Petersburg
on the one hand, and Wilmington
on the other ; but the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad bridge over the Neuse
was fired by Lt. Geo. W. Graham
, 23d New York battery, after several who attempted the daring feat had been picked off by the Rebel
The bridge being destroyed, Gen. Foster
commenced a rapid retreat on Newbern
, which he effected without difficulty.
His total loss in this expedition was 90 killed, (including Col. Gray
, 96th New York, while charging at the head of his regiment at Kinston bridge), 478 wounded, and 9 missing. Smith
's official report admits a Rebel loss of 71 killed, 268 wounded, and about 400 missing. Gen. Foster
paroled 496 prisoners.
Thus closed the year 1862 in North Carolina