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Branch led the forces at the subsequent Battle of New Bern. In this letter he writes "I feel a conviction that if the enemy shall come up hence, I will beat him off." Branch also mentions the comings and going of two or three officers.
Head Quarters Dist of Pamlico
Newbern 22 January 1862
My Dear Sir
I have no intelligence of later date than that derived through Col. McMillan which is to 4 p.m. of the 19th.
The report brought here yesterday morning by Capt. Hill from Hyde is of the 16th, and Confirms my reports of that date, but does not, of course discredit the Subsequent reports.
I am momentarily expecting Col. Fryhling (?) who left here on a steamer Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock to reconnoitre.
I am not inclined to be boastful, but I feel a Conviction that if the enemy shall come up hence, I will beat him off. He shall not rest quietly for one moment on the dry land.
Perhaps we will never be better prepared than at present.
I am very Resptfuly
22 Jany 1862
defense of Newbern
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Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, New Bern, North Carolina, N.C., Battle of New Bern, Battle of New Berne, Pamlico, 22 January 1862, 1862, civil war, battle, preparations, intelligence
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Branch, Lawrence O' Bryan Brigadier General, "Lawrence O’B. Branch letter in which he discusses military intelligence and notes his confidence of defending his current position. January 22, 1862; New Bern, N.C." (1862). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 220.
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