Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3, 1864: Pickett reports action against New Berne


Major General George E. Pickett reported on the results of his probe of the defenses of Union-held New Berne, North Carolina.
KINSTON, February 3, 1864.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

GENERAL: Made a reconnaissance within a mile and a half of New Berne, with Hoke's brigade and a part of Corse's and Clingman's and some artillery. Met the enemy in force at Batchelder's Creek; killed and wounded about 100 in all; captured 13 officers and 280 prisoners, 14 negroes, 2 rifled pieces and caissons, 300 stands of small-arms, 4 ambulances, 3 wagons, 55 animals, a quantity of clothing, camp and garrison equipage, and 2 flags. Commander Wood, C. S. Navy, captured and destroyed U. S. gun-boat Underwrited. Our loss, 35 killed and wounded. Am returning toward Kinston.

G. E. PICKETT,

Major-General, Commanding.
Of the 293 men Pickett captured on February 1, 1864, 53 were members of Company F, 2nd North Carolina Union Volunteers--and many of them were deserters from the Confederate Army.

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