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sacks, haversacks, canteens, &c., the whole worth not less than
This, I believe, is the first instance (luring the war on our side where
fire has accompanied the sword. It is to be regretted that such severe
measures have to be adopted ; they can only be justified upon two
grounds—first, retaliation for trying to decoy us into a trap at the time
of the firing into the Delaware. Evidence of this is that a negress, the
property of one of the Confederate officers, was sent down to the wharf
by her master to beckon the boat in to the wharf, when we were all to
be slaughtered, or in the words of the negress, "Dey said dat dey want
goin' to let anybody lib at all, but was goin' to kill ebery one of 'em."
I infer from this that we were to receive no quarter. Second, the build-
ings fired had been taken possession of by and were in the use of the
rebel forces as store-houses and quarters, which forces had been raised,
supported, and used by the States in rebellion for the purpose of sub-
rerting the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
From information obtained at Winton we came to the conclusion
:hat it would be impossible for us to accomplish the original object and
aim of the expedition, so it had to be abandoned.
The forces at Winton, as near as I could ascertain, consisted of the
2irst Battalion North Carolina Volunteers (six companies), under the
command of Lieut. Col. William T. Williams; one battery of light artil-
_ery ; one company of the Southampton cavalry, and one or two com-
panies of the North Carolina Militia, the whole under the command of
I am happy to inform you that none of our forces were injured. The
enemy sustained some loss from the fire of our gunboats on the 19th,
but I am not able to state how many were either killed or wounded.
The troops under my command and the officers and sailors on board
of the gunboats behaved exceedingly well, and performed all of their
various duties with great promptness and alacrity.
I feel greatly indebted to Commodore S. C. Rowan and the lieutan-
ants of the U. S. Navy, in command of the gunboats, for their kind care
and attention to the comforts and wants of my regiment, and also for
their hearty co-operation in trying to carry out the object of the expe
I am, most faithfully, your obedient servant,
RUSH C. HAWKINS,
Colonel Ninth. Regiment New York Volunteers.
Brig. Gen. J. G. PARKE.
MARCH 14, 1862.—Battle of New Berne, N. C.
No. 1.—Brig. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, U. S. Army, with congratulatory order an d
communication from the Secretary of War.
No. 2.—Capt. Robert S. Williamson, U. S. Topographical Engineers.
No. 3.—Surg. William H. Church, U. S. Army, Medical Director.
No. 4.—Brig. Gen. John G. Foster, U. S. Army, commanding First Brigade.
No. 5.—Lieut. Col. Albert W. Drake, Tenth Connecticut Infantry.
No, 6.—Col. John Kurtz, Twenty-third Massachusetts Infantry.
No 7.—Col. Thomas G. Stevenson, Twenty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry.
No. 8.—Col. Edwin Upton, Twenty-fifth Massachusetts Infantry.