NP, RD 3/18C/1862

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch
March 18, 1862
The fight at Newbern
   We had a conversation yesterday with a member of the Confederate Minstrel Company, just returned from Newbern, N. C., where, with his associates, he participated in the recent exciting events at that point. The fight on Friday, he informs us, commenced at half-past 6 o'clock in the morning, and lasted two hours. The principal engagement occurred some three miles from the town, on the railroad {the Atlantic & North Carolina RR}, where a force of North Carolina militia had been stationed to contest the advance. On the same day, seven trains of cars, crowded with women and children, succeeded in getting away, though the enemy threw one shell, which exploded beyond a departing train, in the woods.
   The railroad bridge across Neuse river was not burnt until after all our troops had crossed, except those whose escape had been effectually cut off by the Yankees. The railroad bridge is said to have been an elegant structure, and of a most substantial character. It was burnt by a raft, upon which was piled 200 barrels spirits of turpentine and 150 bales cotton. The torch was applied, the raft set adrift, and in a few moments it lay alongside the piers of the bridge, and the costly fabric was wrapped in flame from end to end.
   All the rolling stock of the railroad was saved, and but few persons remained in the town. Women and children were overtaken by the trains many miles from Newbern, some in vehicles of various kinds, and many on foot.