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 make up for this disadvantage by the vigor of his attack. While his batteries were shelling the Confederates, Wessells' brigade, composed of well-trained soldiers, advanced first, and went into action; that of Amory followed close, replacing the battalions that had exhausted their ammunition. Twenty minutes later, just as the third brigade, under Stevenson, was about to join them, Wessells and Amory gave the signal to charge. Their whole line rushed forward, and without a moment's pause dislodged Evans from the positions he occupied. The Confederates then only thought to gain the bridge on the Neuse before their assailants. Most of them succeeded in crossing it, but about four or five hundred of their number, having been unable to reach it, fell into the hands of the Federals, and the last to cross set it on fire, but so carelessly that the flames were extinguished before any serious damage had been done. An hour later, Wessells' brigade entered the town of Kingston, where it took possession of nine guns which Evans had abandoned in his precipitate retreat toward Goldsboroa. Foster, pushing his troops forward as rapidly as possible, tried to overtake the latter, who had halted four kilometres from the town. But before engaging the fight he thought proper to wait for the arrival of his artillery. Evans did not allow him time, but immediately resumed his march. Protected by the darkness, the Confederate general easily escaped from his adversary; and gaining one of the stations of the Newberne Railroad, he placed the whole of his brigade on board several trains of cars, which conveyed it to Goldsboroa. Foster's march north of the Neuse had not, however, been fruitless, for it had deceived the Confederates regarding the route that the Federal army was about to take. Thinking that the latter would follow Evans, they were waiting for it along the railroad between Kingston and Goldsboroa; in the mean while, Foster, having left a simple rear-guard in Kingston, retraced his steps, crossed the river over the bridge near which he had fought the day previous, and after having thus placed this obstacle between the enemy and himself was rapidly proceeding up the right bank. The Richmond and Wilmington Railroad crossed the Neuse two kilometres south of Goldsboroa, over a large wooden
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