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WAR OF THE REBELLION: :
A COMPILATION OF THE
UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES.
The late Lieut. Col. ROBERT N. SCOTT, Third U. S. Artillery.
PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF
The Hon. REDFIELD PROCTOR, Secretary of War,
MAJ. GEORGE B. DAVIS, U. S. A.,
Board of Publication.
SERIES I–VOLUME XXXVI.-IN THREE PARTS
PART II-Reports, Correspondence, etc.
CHAPTER X L VIII.
IN SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA AND
May 1-June 12, 1864.
REPORTS (except for Campaign from the Rapidan to the James
River), May 4-June 9. CORRESPONDENCE, etc., May 1-19.
MAY 4-6, 1864.—Operations about New Berne, and in Albemarle Sound,
N. C., including skirmishes on the Trent Road (4th); and on the south side of the Trent River (5th); Engagement with the Confederate Ram Albemarle (5th); and Surrender of Union Outpost at Croatan (5th).
No. 1.-Brig. Gen. Innis N. Palmer, U. S. Army, commanding District of North
Carolina. No. 2.-Col. Henry T. Sisson, Fifth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, of the surrender at Croatan.
Report of Brig. Gen. Innis N. Palmer, U. S. Army, commanding
District of North Carolina.
New Berne, N. C., May 17, 1864. MAJOR : Since I last wrote you in reference to affairs in North Carolina, we have had stirring, but rather satisfactory times here.
On the evening of the 4th instant the enemy appeared on the Trent road toward Kinston, some 8 miles from here, and drove in our picket. Our force there was a small regiment of cavalry and two companies of infantry. These held their ground until "dark, when the enemy retired. The next morning a considerable force appeared on the railroad on the south side of the Trent River, and our batteries, both army and navy, were engaged with them until * For general summary of the principal events, see Part I, p. 1.