the morning of the eighteenth, Com. Rowan and staff, together with Gen. Reno and staff, went on shore and paid a visit to Col. Hawkins, Acting Brigadier-General, in command of the forces on Roanoke Island, who was to join the expedition with three regiments of his brigade, the Ninth and Eighty-ninth New-York and Sixth New-Hampshire.
After a brief consultation, it was decided to embark Col. Hawkins's three regiments as soon as possible, and get under way, so as to reach the mouth of the Pasquotank River, on which Elizabeth City is situated, before dark.
The fleet was then to move up the river and land the troops some three miles this side of Elizabeth City, at midnight, when part of the force was to push on rapidly, by a circuitous route, and take possession of the canal bridge, some twenty miles this side of Norfolk, for the purpose of cutting off the retreat of the rebel force left at Elizabeth City — some one thousand eight hundred strong.
Col. Hawkins with his three regiments w
he Ninth New-York.
The Surgeon will point out the place of his interment.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your.
obedient servant, J. L. Reno, Brigadier-General.
Department of Norfolk, headquarters Third brigade Volunteers, Camden Co., N. C., April 21. To Brig.-Gen. J. L. Reno, U. S. A.:
General: In reply to your letter of the twentieth instant, I have to state that I have referred the subject of the wounded men to department headquarters, and am instructed to inform you thapshire,12
Among the number killed was one commissioned officer, Adjutant Gadsden, of the Zouaves, and two non-commissioned officers.
This engagement took place on the nineteenth of April, in the extreme northern part of Camden County, near the State line, twenty miles from Norfolk, and has been designated as the battle of Camden.
The day will long be remembered as the anniversary of that on which the first blood was spilled in the streets of Baltimore.
Gen. Burnside i