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Expedition to Goldsboro, N. C.1

Edited by Emma Wild Goodwin.

Newbern, N. C., December 23, 1862.
My Dear daughter Emma:—I'm going to write you as near as I can the particulars of the expedition to Goldsboro. We started on Thursday morning, December 11 (along the Trent road), about 7 o'clock, and marched over to our parade ground and stood there until noon in a most intense fog. It was so thick that we could n't see a man to tell who he was twenty feet from us, till 10 o'clock, so we could n't see the other troops pass off. It was said that there were about twenty thousand in our army. We had the second post of honor of the whole army, on the extreme left. But I don't think much of that post of honor. The army was about seven miles long, and we in the rear of them—baggage wagons and all. We acted as rear guard until we got to the place called Whitehall. Then we passed the whole and it brought us in front at the battle of Everett's Mills, near Goldsboro. There we saw the sights and saw the rebels cut down like grass before the scythe, by the artillery which we were supporting. But we had no opportunity to fire at them, and the artillery did the work at a distance. We marched the first day about eight miles and did not arrive in camp until 3 o'clock in the morning. We marched through mud and water, and the teams would get stuck, and we had to stay behind, and could not advance at all.

We finally went into a cornfield to sleep a few hours, but I did not like the accommodations, so Corporal Page of the Danvers company and I went in search of something better. We found a corn barn near by and went in and laid down, but before we got to sleep we had some company from ours and other companies. But their noise did not disturb us much. You may wonder why I took a corporal from another company. I went

1 by a corporal of Co. F, 5th Massachusetts Infantry.

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