CAROLINA CITY, April 8, 1862---noon.
GENERAL: I sent a dispatch to you yesterday evening, and as the sergeant has not yet returned I fear he may have been intercepted by the rebel cavalry between Havelock and New Berne.
In the dispatch I inclose Colonel Wilson's report(*) of an attack upon his outside pickets by the rebel cavalry, wounding 1 man and probably taking 1 prisoner.
This morning he reports that not only 1 but 8 are missing; that he increased the picket last night, but nothing further occurred. Today he sends out four companies to burn the county road bridges.
This second dispatch I sent you this morning, and fearing that the bearer may be waylaid beyond Havelock, I will send this by Slocum's Creek.
I am informed that Captain King some two or three days ago, heard some cavalry, I believe two, on a cross-road near the deserted battery, Croatan, and shortly after he saw a rocket. Now this may be mere rumor. Still it behooves us to look out. I will write King to make a report to you of the circumstances.
We sent quite a large mail this morning. I sincerely hope it has not been picked up by the enemy.
The balance of the Ninth New Jersey should be sent down to Newport at once, and I think it advisable to have strong pickets posted throughout the railroad; but it is out of the question for me to attend to it from this point.
The stern-wheeler cannot reach the Banks, and taking advantage of the tides is a slow progress.
Morris' company goes over this evening, the Eighth Connecticut during the night, and then I will send all the Fourth Rhode Island, excepting two companies, which I will leave here. The two launches with howitzers are here; these can protect the retreat of the two companies to the stern-wheeler if forced to retire; this is hardly to be expected.
I wish I had some cavalry down here to drive these rebels out of the country. I do not believe there are more than two companies of them.
In haste, yours, faithfully,
JNO. G. PARKE.