OR, Series 1, Vol. 18, Page 1013

Gum Swamp, N. C.
April 22, 1863
 
[Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill]
 
General,
   Capt. [B.] Lane has just returned from the reconnaissance on which he went early this morning. He went to within half a mile of Core Creek and sent a lieutenant ([M.] Lee) and 3 men over the creek, who went half a mile beyond the creek, to the late encampment of the enemy. It appears like the encampment of a brigade. They left this morning before day. An old family near that place say there was 4,000 or 5,000. Nothing has been done lately to the railroad bridge, but it can easily be prepared for use, being only about 25 feet long. The track was destroyed by being overturned, the sills still adhering to the rails, and you will at once see that it can be rendered fit for use by simply turning the superstructure back to its original position, which can be done rapidly when sufficient force can be brought to bear. The enemy have righted up the track for about 3 miles this side of the creek. The track has been upturned in the manner described from a point about 1 miles beyond this. Thence upward the sills or cross-ties have been burned and the iron bent, and it will require time to reconstruct the track.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Wm. J. Clarke
Colonel [Twenty-fourth North Carolina Troops], Comdg.
{Core Creek was midway between New Bern and Kinston and the next stop west of Tuscarora (now Cove City). Gum Swamp was immediately adjacent to and slightly west of Cover and the next stop west of Core Creek on the way to Kinston. Location information provided by Edward Ellis, Havelock, N. C, historian.}

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