arrived at Smithfield
could join him in a few hours, and that such a reinforcement might enable him to win a victory.
Major-General D. H. Hill
, who commanded the troops referred to, was, for the object in view, placed under General Bragg
The troops were united at Kinston
on the 7th.
's division, the remnant of it rather, which reached Smithfield
during the day, was sent forward also, and joined General Bragg
's forces at Kinston
After receiving these accessions to his force, together less than two thousand men, General Bragg
attacked the enemy, supposed to be three divisions under Major-General Cox
, with such vigor as to drive them from the field, three miles during the afternoon.
Fifteen hundred prisoners and three field-pieces were captured in the engagement and pursuit.
In reporting this success by telegraph, at night, General Bragg
said: “The number of the enemy's dead and wounded left on the field is large.
Our own loss, under Providence
, is small.
exhibited their usual zeal, energy, and gallantry.”
The two parties skirmished a little on the 9th, in front of the position taken by the enemy the evening before, which had been intrenched in the mean time.
On the following morning General Bragg
ordered a demonstration in the enemy's front by one body of his troops, while another attempted to turn the intrenchments.
He was unsuccessful.
But, although the failure was attended with little loss, the withdrawal, which became necessary, impaired greatly the encouragement which had been given to the troops by their success on the