In April, 1862, General Reno
, with New England
, New York, and Pennsylvania
troops, went in transports up the Pasquotank
to within 3 miles of Elizabeth City, N. C.
, and, landing cautiously in the night of the 19th, a part of them, under Colonel Hawkins
, pushed forward to surprise and intercept a body of Confederates known to be about leaving that place for Norfolk
Misled by his guide, the Confederates
were apprised of the movement before he appeared, and near South Mills
, in the vicinity of Camden Court-house, they assailed the Nationals with grape and canister.
, with his main body, met the attack bravely.
The Confederates were flanked, and hastily withdrew.
A gunboat drove them out of the woods along the river-bank, and Hawkins
's Zouaves made a charge, but were repulsed with heavy loss.
The Confederates were defeated.
This event caused much consternation at Norfolk
lost (chiefly of Hawkins
's Zouaves) fifteen killed, ninety-six wounded, and two made prisoners.
The Confederates left thirty killed and wounded on the field.
, at the head of the Chowan
, at the mouth of the Roanoke
; and Washington
, at the head of the Pamlico River
, were now all quietly occupied by the National
For the remainder of the year the coasts of North Carolina
were in possession of the Nationals.