During the absence of the regiment at Plymouth
, the detachment left at Newbern
took active part in the defence of Newbern
against the second threatened attack, and was also assigned to outpost duty, at Bachelder's Creek, being attached to the command of Colonel Jones
, commanding the line of outposts, and rendering a most gallant service in holding the position against an attack made by a large force of the enemy on May 23, for which they have failed to receive their full meed of praise, because of the death of the much-lamented Colonel Jones
, who was killed in the defence of the post.
The stanch courage of Captain Tifft
is put on record, who, in a most trying position, held his ground when the whole force of Colonel Jones
, demoralized by the death of their colonel, fell back and left him, with his small force, until he was discovered by a reconnoitring party, and relieved.
The nine months service, reckoning from the date of their muster into service of five of the companies of the Forty-sixth Regiment, expired on the 25th of June.
It had been decided at the War Department, that the term must be reckoned from the day of muster — in of the last or tenth company.
This giving dissatisfaction on account of lengthening the terms of several other of the nine months regiments, General Foster
issued a circular, leaving it to the option of the men to go home or remain.
The Forty-sixth remained.
Over one hundred of the regiment re-enlisted, under command of Colonel Frankle
, who was recruiting at Newbern
his regiment of heavy artillery.
On the 23d of June, orders were received to report to General Halleck
, at Washington
, for orders.
being engaged in a demonstration on Richmond
, the destination was to join him, with several other nine months regiments sent forward by General Foster
; but, it being ascertained that General Dix
did not desire troops whose term of service had so nearly expired, General Naglee
, having telegraphed to General Halleck
, proposed that the regiments volunteer for service in Pennsylvania
; and the Forty-sixth was ordered to report to General Schenck
The regiments reached Baltimore
July 1, and were assigned to the brigade of General Tyler