The latest advices received from Kinston
leave little doubt that the enemy has been largely reinforced at Newbern
, and that a movement has already commenced.
is believed to be the point aimed at. These reinforcements have been sent by way of Norfolk
, through Gates county
, and thence down the Chowan
The Raleigh papers state that as many as eight thousand took this route at one time.
A negro who escaped from New bern, and recently arrived at Kinston
, says that the notorious Butler
is in command.
Their force is now estimated at from 40,000 to 60,000.
Last week a number of gunboats ascended the Neuse river
four miles above the mouth of Big Swift Creek
, but returned without doing say injury.
A dispatch was received by Governor Vance
on Sunday that the enemy had begun to move towards Wilmington