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Newbern, N.C., March 12, 1865.
Yesterday the enemy fell back across the Neuse River, after burning the bridge over that stream.
It is reported that they also burned the Rebel ram at the same time, which was guarding the bridge.
Timber is now going forward to rebuild the bridge.
The railroad is completed to within a short distance of the river, opposite Kinston.
The enemy will not be able to remain in Kinston long, even if the decide to make another stand, of which there is much doubt.
Deserters and refugees continue to come into our lines.
The enemy suffered the most, owing to their repeated charges on out works, in which they were repulsed each time with severe loss.
Our troops stand their ground manfully, and are in high spirits over the prospect of meeting Sherman soon.
Citation: New York Daily Tribune. 16 March 1865. Gift of Steven and Susan Raab.