BALTIMORE, March 30. – The rebels burnt the bridge on the railroad between Newbern and Beaufort, North Carolina, but it was in progress of repair and the road would soon be in operation between the two places. So far as our informants know, all of who came from Newbern, it had not been burned. There was not much destruction of property at the latter place, and a large majority of the citizens remained quietly in their homes on the approach of the Federal forces. Perfect order reigned at Newbern and a number of citizens had returned to the place. Gen. Foster is military Governor of the city. The rebels were believed to be in strong force towards Kingston, thirty five miles on the road to Goldsboro, and their scouts frequently appeared in the vicinity of Newbern.
The expedition to Washington was successful; it consisted of about one thousand men with an escort of gunboats. Two companies of the Massachusetts 22nd regiment landed and took the place. The stars and stripes were nailed to a tree before the court house and left there. The citizens received the invaders without any apparent excitement or apprehension – some few expressing Union sentiments, whilst the mass had nothing to say either way. After holding the place one day and gaining all the information they could, the expedition returned to Newbern.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 4