270 OPERATIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA. [CHAP. XX.
On returning to the steamer Guide we found that Professor Malle-
fert had blown up the barrier, so as to clear a channel some 60 feet
wide. At 6 o'clock same evening weighed anchor and started for New
Berne, where we arrived on the afternoon of the following day (21st
Your obedient servant,
MARCH 23-APRIL 26, 1862.—Siege of Fort Macon, N. C.
No. 1.—Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, U. S. Army.
No. 2.—Brig. Gen. John G. Parke, U. S. Army.
No. 3.—Lieut. Daniel W. Flagler, U. S. Ordnance Department.
No. 4.—Lieut. Merrick F. Prouty, Twenty-fifth Massachusetts Infantry.
No. 5.—Capt. Lewis 0. Morris, First U. S. Artillery.
No. 6.—Col. Isaac P. Rodman, Fourth Rhode Island Infantry.
No. 7.—Lient. William J. Andrews, Ninth New York Infantry, Acting Signal Officer.
No. 8.—Col. Moses J. White, C. S. Army.
Reports of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, U. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
New Berne, N. C., April 17, 1862.
I have the honor to report the following movements in this depart-
ment since my last dispatch:
Owing to the absence of engines and cars on the railroad and the
burning of the bridges by the enemy the work of General Parke at
Fort Macon has proved to be exceedingly difficult. The rebuilding of
the bridges was necessarily done under the protection of a large guard,
and the enemy's cavalry made frequent visits to the road, and I have
no cavalry to compete with them. Our losses have been but slight
during the work, amounting in all to some 10 or 12 pickets.
On the 7th instant Colonel Egloffstein, One hundred and third New
York, was ordered to make a reconnaissance up the Trent in the direc-
tion of Onslow County, and I afterward ordered him to continue his
reconnaissance down the road leading from Trenton to Core Sound, at
the mouth of White Oak River, and then to proceed up the shore of
Core Sound and communicate with General Parke at Morehead City.
This I did with a hope that we might be able to catch a portion of the
enemy's cavalry, the headquarters of which were at Swansborough,
from whence they sent detachments over to the railroad, thus making
the duty of guarding the 36 miles of railroad from this place to Caro-
lina City very onerous. The colonel started with 200 picked men, two
days' rations, and no transportation. with instructions to ration his
men from supplies found on the route. He yesterday reached Gen-
eral Parke's headquarters, having had several skirmishes with the
THOS. G. STEVENSON,
Colonel Twenty-fourth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers.
Capt. SOUTHARD HOFFMAN,