and iron-capped piles, inclined to an angle of about fortyfive degrees down stream.
Near these was a row of thirty torpedoes, containing about two hundred pounds of powder each, and fitted with metal fuses connected with spring percussion locks, with trigger-lines attached to the pointed piles.
The second barrier was quite as formidable, about one mile above the first, and abreast of Fort Thompson
It consisted of a line of sunken vessels closely massed and of chevaux de frise, leaving a very narrow passage close to the battery.
in passing through carried away a head of iron on the piling; the Barney
had a hole cut in her, and the Stars and Stripes was also injured; but fortunately the torpedoes failed to serve the enemy's purpose.1
The forts, six in number, exclusive of those on Trent Liver, were well constructed earthworks, varying in distance apart from half a mile to a mile and a half, and mounting in all thirty-two guns, ranging from 32-pounders to 80-pounders, rifled, all en barbette
, with the exception of one casemated fort, mounting two guns.
It may well excite surprise that not a single casualty occurred on board of the flotilla.
Of the navy force on shore with six howitzers, under Lieutenant McCook
, 2 men were killed, 11 wounded, and one howitzer disabled.
The force of the enemy was about equal in number to the Union
Only 200 were captured, but a very large amount of army equipage and supplies were found at Newbern
Our casualties were 88 killed and 352 wounded Those of the Confederates
are not known.
On the 25th of April the Union
troops then in Beaufort, N. C.
, with breaching batteries, which they had established, opened fire on Fort Macon
; before sunset the fort surrendered.