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point of attack was the railroad bridge, where they were met by companies of Col. E. D. Hall's and William MacRae's regiments under Maj. A. C. McAlister, who repulsed them repeatedly in handsome style. Col. John A. Baker's regiment [Third North Carolina cavalry] occupied the right of our line and behaved very well. A raiding party under Gen. E. E. Potter, in July, inflicted much damage on some of the towns in eastern North Carolina. At Rocky Mount this force destroyed the bridge over Tar river, and also mills, depots, factories, and large quantities of flour and 800 bales of cotton; at Tarboro some Confederate gunboats in process of construction were burned; at other places similar damage was done. This party was frequently fired upon by local troops, especially Whitford's battalion, and a loss of 32 men was entailed upon it. On the 28th of July, Gen. M. W. Ransom, with four companies and a section of artillery, routed, at Jackson, N. C., a cavalry force of 650 men under Co
Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, Manuel. (search)
Manuel. Manuel was an active, intelligent slave in North Carolina. His master, Mr. Joseph Spear, a tar manufacturer, employed him to transport tar, and other produce of the place, down Tar river to Tarborough. After laboring several years for another's benefit, Manuel began to feel anxious to derive some advantage from his own earnings. He had children, and it troubled him to think that they must live and die in slavery. He was acquainted with a colored man in the neighborhood, named Samuel Curtis, who had a certificate of freedom drawn up by the clerk of the county, and duly authenticated, with the county seal attached to it. Manuel thought he could easily pass for Samuel Curtis, and make his way to Philadelphia, if he could only obtain possession of this valuable paper. He accordingly made him a confidant of his plans, and he bought the certificate for two dollars. The next time Manuel was sent to Tarborough, he delivered the cargo as usual, then left the boat and star
From Eastern North Carolina. On Sunday last a gunboat of the enemy ascended the Tar river to within one mile of Greenville, Pitt county, where it stopped and transferred some artillery to a flat-boat, which moved up to the town, and without opposition or resistance, the party on board, about eighty in number, took possession — They remained in the town some two hours, during which time they partially destroyed the bridge across Tar river, and retired, carrying off with them since of the cich time they partially destroyed the bridge across Tar river, and retired, carrying off with them since of the citizens of the place. The town is now in possession of our forces, and all is quiet. Nov. Vance is said to be in possession of official his gence that the Yankees have left Plymouth. They are reported to have made for Chowan river, and this, taken in connection with their withdraws from Greenville, has given rise to the suspicion that their real arm is Weldon or Petersburg.
Latest from Washington N. C. We have news from Washington as late as Monday. Gen. Hill has the town completely invested, and if not surrendered. It was thought it would be speedily attacked. The enemy are about 1500 strong, and have two block houses and one fort, but no long-range guns. Up to Monday morning there had been no fighting beyond cannonading, in which Col. Wharton J. Green was slightly wounded, but no one, it is thought, had sustained any serious injury. The negroes had attempted to escape from the town, but were fired on by our troops and driven back. We have possession of Hill's Point below the town, which enabled Gen. Hill to command the river with his guns. One Yankee gunboat, passed our batteries at Hill's Point on Tar river, on the night of the 6th. It is reported that ten Yankee regiments have landed at Big Swift creek to get in the rear of Gen. Hill and raise the siege by a lead attack, as their water communication is cut off.
herealized by the great scenes through which I have passed. My victories have won me eternal fame; immortality is mine, immortality is mine. I have not taken Richmond, but I have taken the gunboats. I have not "pushed Johnston to the wall," but I have pushed myself against the old redoubtable Stonewall! Immortality is mine! Immortality is mine! With lofty sentiments of exalted esteem, I abide, G. B. McCLELLAN, Maj. Gen'l Comd'g, near the Gunboats. P. S.--I omitted to state that forty-six of the rebel regiments were from North Carolina. I have told you before of the strong Union sentiments existing among the troops from that State. From the closeness with which they followed me it is now demonstrated beyond all peradventure that they desired to establish intimate relations with my brave and noble reserves. Had not the Tar River boys kept shooting bullets the sweetest intimacy might have been established between us. Sincerely, G. B. McC. Near the Gunboats.
The Yankees in North Carolina. --A letter from Kinston, N. C., dated the 1st inst., says: The enemy, represented as being 1,000 strong, composed of cavalry, infantry, and artillery, attacked our outposts on day before yesterday, a few miles below Greenville, on the south side of Tar river, and report says that our side suffered severely in the combar. Major Moore, of the 3d N. C. cavalry, is reported killed, and Company G, of his regiment, and Company K, (infantry,) of the 57th Virginia, of Gen. Barton's brigade, taken prisoners. One gun of Col. Starr's old, battery, now commanded by Lieut. Bush, was captured. I am informed that our men were reinforced and drove the enemy back in the direction of Washington, killing and wounding several, all of them as they fled. Report says the Yankees are reinforcing at Newborn. Old Butler was there on Monday last. P. S.--Since writing the above I am pleased to learn that there is considerable doubt as regards the deat