--N. Y. Herald
, March 19.
From various North-Carolina
papers we take the following particulars of the battle:
The enemy's gunboats first appeared in sight on Wednesday afternoon, at a point known as Slocum's Creek, and commenced shelling the woods in every direction.
A company of cavalry, Capt. Evans
commander, stationed here as pickets, were forced to retire.
Two of his men were wounded-one in the heel.
Thursday the fleet advanced as far as Fort Dixie, a strong fortification, mounting four heavy guns, distant from Newbern
about five miles. This fort was surrounded by a breastwork, and though shelled for three or four hours during the afternoon by the enemy's gunboats, was manfully defended until dark, when the enemy's fire ceased.
At night it was discovered that the enemy were landing in heavy force.
One estimate is that they sent ashore twenty thousand infantry, a squadron of cavalry, and thirty pieces of field-artillery.
It was deemed impossible to hold this post against such a force, aided by the gunboats, so the guns were spiked and the position abandoned.
Friday morning the fighting was commenced at early dawn, and continued until half-past 10 o'clock, when our forces, being almost completely surrounded by an army outnumbering them at least three to one, splendidly armed, disciplined, equipped and officered, were compelled to retreat.
The retreat, we hear, was well conducted at first, and in good order, but finally became a rout.
was the most formidable fortification on the river.
It was four miles from Newbern
, and mounted thirteen heavy guns, two of them rifled thirty-two pounders.
Fort Ellis, three miles from Newbern
, mounted eight heavy guns.
It was commanded by Capt. Edelin
's company B, First Maryland regiment.
Finding that the other fortifications had fallen, Capt.
E. ordered his guns to be dismounted, (having no spikes,) and they were thrown down the embankment.
, mounting eight guns, two miles from Newbern
, was blown up, Capt. Mayo
losing his life by remaining to fire the magazine.
He was killed by the explosion.
Union Point battery, one mile from Newbern
, mounted two guns.
It was manned by the Confederate Minstrels
, under the command of Charles O. White
This battery fired but twice, and then with but little effect, the enemy being out of range.
Three of the Minstrels are missing.
It is thought they were taken prisoners.
Their names are given us as Prof. Iradella
, James Wood
and Frank Hineman
's regiment, the Thirty-third, suffered severely, and fought well.
and Major Hoke
are reported killed.
We trust that it is not so, but fear that it is. Col. Lee
was reported killed, but we learn that this is not so. His horse is said to have been killed under him, and this, no doubt, gave rise to the report that he had been killed.
His regiment also stood as long as standing was possible.
's regiment was so placed, we think, that it did not get into the main battle, but also so that it had to cut its way out by some of the hardest kind of fighting.
It did do so. Our cavalry, we fear, did not do as they ought to have done.
They did no good at all. Perhaps they did harm.
They were not in the fight at all.
Our loss in persons known to be killed and wounded is, perhaps, one hundred to one hundred and fifty.
The enemy's is reported at anything from six hundred to sixteen hundred.
The first panic reports, which represented a large number of our people as being taken prisoners, appear to be almost wholly without foundation.
The whole number of prisoners will not reach two hundred.