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Civil War - "black troops around New Bern"

October 1, 1863
The Charleston Mercury

NEWS FROM NEWBERN. - By an arrival from Newbern we learn that
last week there were three white and one black regiment in and
around Newbern, likewise some 125 and 130 cavalry and a battery
of field artillery. There was at BachelorCreek one regiment
of infantry and one of cavalry. The Yankees had an iron-clad
railroad battery of six guns, which they haul with mules.

All the negroes except the men able to make soldiers and
work on the fortifications had been put out of town into
shanties in the woods to shift for themselves. There are among
the negroes at Newbern runaways from this as well as from other
places, and white men also. One of the latter entered Newbern
last week from this vicinity, giving full information of all
going on here. Also one from Kinston. Deserters from our army
are used as spies and runners, and in other disreputable
capacities.

The Yankees have treasury notes of all denominations down
to five cents, and cent tokens made of copper. These latter
are private affairs about the size of ,'and bear
various devices and mottoes, among the rest a cannon with
'Union;'another has the motto or legend 'Peace for Ever.'One
Mr. Mittnaught (Mr. Midnight) makes safes and has the picture
of a safe as his token, which serves the purpose of a business
card. One has a head in profile adorned by a fine moustache,
which is said to be intended for George B. McClellan. They are
well gotten up, very little inferior to the new U.S. nickel
cents, and much superior to the old ones.

The Yankees say that when they get through with Charleston,
they will next turn their attention to Wilmington. We may here
state that we have recently received pretty direct confirmation
of what we had long suspected, that at different times
expeditions have been projected against Wilmington, but have
been postponed in order to meet the exigencies of more
important points. One house, in New York formerly connected
with our trade, was at these several times appalled for
captains or others familiar with our waters to act as pilots,
and we have not heard that the application was refused. Other
things interfered and the forces received different
destinations. - Wilmington Journal.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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