previous next

[621] one of the principal lines of communication of the Confederate army; for if the small railroad bridges were restored by the 24th, it required several weeks to reconstruct that of the Neuse. The most important result of this expedition, however, was that it gave Foster's soldiers that confidence in themselves and their chief which they did not possess before. It was a brilliant termination of the campaign of 1862 in North Carolina. It now remains for us to mention the operations that took place at the same period in the other parts of the coast of the Southern States.

We interrupted the recital of these operations on the shores of the Atlantic after the check of the Federals at Secessionville in the middle of June. All attempts against Charleston had been abandoned; the heat paralyzed the troops, and the fleet confined itself to the maintenance of the blockade, and to the protection of the posts which it was necessary to occupy along the coast. During the whole summer we have but one reconnaissance, of little importance, to mention, which was made from the 12th to the 14th of August, by the small steamer Treaty, on the Black River, a water-course which empties into the bay of Georgetown between that of Charleston and the entrance of the Cape Fear River. The Treaty proceeded up the Black River for a distance of forty kilometres in the hope of seizing a vessel of the enemy which was lying there; but having learnt that this vessel was abandoned, she again came down the river after dispersing some of the enemy's troops, who did not even try to defend the batteries entrusted to their care.

Meanwhile, Hunter, who had been recalled after the unfortunate Secessionville expedition, had been superseded by the brave and gallant Mitchell, a former professor of astronomy, now become a general, who had recently distinguished himself in his campaign through Northern Alabama. Having reached the headquarters at Beaufort on the 30th of September, Mitchell at once set himself to work to organize the colony of emancipated negroes that he found in the place, and to prepare his troops for a new campaign. He did not, however, allow them to remain inactive until these preparations were completed. The best part of the Bay of St. John's, into which the river of the same name empties,

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Mitchell (2)
Hunter (1)
Foster (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1862 AD (1)
September 30th (1)
August 14th (1)
June (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: