NEW YORK, April 10. – A letter to the Times from Beaufort, North Carolina, Dated the 31st of March, says that a detachment from General Parker’s Brigade, consisting of the Rhode Island 4th and 8th Connecticut, crossed to Beaufort on Tuesday night. In the day time their passage would have been disputed by the Fort, but they landed and entered the town without opposition or without finding so much as a guard to challenge their approach.
In the morning the citizens found their houses were guarded by Union troops, and the town in their possession. The visit, however, was by no means a surprise. The head men came out and met Major Allen, and tendered to him and his troops the freedom of the city. They were invited to their houses, and every evidence of good will was exhibited by the people towards the new comers. On the whole, their reception was courteous and gratifying. They declared they had never given their adhesion to the rebel government, and were good Union men.
Large numbers have daily come to the Major’s Headquarters to take the oath of allegiance.
– Published in the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 12, 1862, p. 3