November 20, 1862
Particulars on the Raid on Greenville
met a gentleman from Pitt county at the depot yesterday evening, from whom we
learned the following facts: A gunboat ascended the rive to within a mile of
Greenville on Sunday last, when it stopped and they transferred some artillery
pieces to a flat and came up to the town.
The party of Federals that took possession of the place consisted of
about 80 only, and they only remained two hours. They fired the bridge near the town, but on
being remonstrated with, suffered the fire to be extinguished, and so it was
saved. They took off as prisoners nine
citizens of the county and town—Messrs. Joel Hodges, Ex-Sheriff, Joseph Daney, Clerk of Superior Court, Edward Howell, Wm. Stokes,
James Cobb, Benj. Corry, Charles Green, Allen Tyson, and one other, whose name
our informant had forgotten. We had no
troops there, and no opposition was offered them. They retired and returned no doubt to
Washington the same day. The Town is now
occupied by our troops, and all is quiet.
obtained these facts from a Mr. Evans who lives near Greenville and who has
been there twice since the Yankees left, once but a few hours after they had
cleared the town, and they may be relied upon as being in the main correct.
80 Yankees can take quiet possession of Greenville, how many will it take to
capture Goldsboro or Weldon? We hope we
are to have a change in the management of military affairs in North Carolina. Do give us and active, fighting commander.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]