War of the Rebellion: Serial 009 Page 0193 Chapter XX. BATTLE OF ROANOKE ISLAND, N. C.

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On reaching Winton I found that Colonel Wright had left for Norfolk. This day I remained here, taking up positions and opening communication with Elizabeth City.

The remainder of Colonel Wright's regiment arrived last night, and this afternoon a battery of artillery. I had ordered four companies of Colonel Wright's regiment, with one gun, and was about to make a night reconnaissance of Elizabeth City, when I received the order from Brigadier General H. A. Wise to join him at the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, whither I proceeded with the artillery in the morning.

At 10 p.m.. I proceeded with the artillery in the morning.

At 10 p.m.. I received a note from Colonel Wright, informing me that he had arrived at South Mills, and desiring that his companies should not proceed to-night. In consequence of not knowing whether he ranked me or had any special orders from you I have abandoned the reconnaissance, but send a small party of artillery soldiers, with teams, to bring off, if possible, a wagon and caisson which had stalled in Elizabeth City, but had been dragged off and concealed about a mile on this side.

I would beg, respectfully, to call your attention to the case of Sergeant Scroggs. According to the report of the citizens Scroggs was double-ironed on board a Federal vessel in the river, and the Federal officers talked of trying and hanging him as an incendiary. Sergeant Scroggs, son of a Virginia senator, is a gentleman and a soldier and was acting in obedience to orders from me, of which I am willing to assume the responsibility. I should have sent a flag of truce to-morrow to the enemy but for the fact of having to march. I leave his case, general, in your hands.

Very respectfully,


Colonel Fifty-ninth Regiment Virginia Volunteers,

Commanding Artillery of Wise Legion.

General HUGER, Commanding.

FEBRUARY 13, 1862-6 a.m..

P. S.-

The artillery detail has returned, bringing back the wagon, with baggage. They report only six Federal steamers in the river. The guns in the battery spiked and carriages burned.

[C. F. H.]

FEBRUARY 18-21, 1862.-Expedition to Winton, N. C., and Skirmish February 19.


Numbers 1.-Brigadier General Ambrose E. Burnside, U. S. Army.

Numbers 2.-Colonel Rush C. Hawkins, Ninth New York Infantry.

Numbers 1. Report of Brigadier General Ambrose E. Burnside, U. S. Army.


Roanoke Island, N. C., February 23, 1862.

GENERAL: Since my dispatch of the 20th, of which I inclose a duplicate,* the expedition up the Chowan has returned, having reached as


*See "Correspondence, etc.-Union," post.