New Bern Incidents ~ 1862
Contributed by Sloan Mason
April 9 1862
New Bern Incidents
We learned, says the Christian Sun, several incidents worth relating, during
our trip to Kinston and vicinity last week.
George Perry, a prompt and worthy citizen of Jones county, for helping our
retreating soldiers across the Trent with his flat and preserving the guns
they were compelled to leave behind, was seized by the Federals and threatened
to be shot in his own yard. His wife retreated and he was put in irons and
jailed in Newbern. At last accounts, the irons had been removed, but he was
still in jail.
John Richardson, Esq., living about 6 miles from town on the Washington Road
had to call on Gen. Burnside for protection from his own negroes who had
entered his house declaring that he was no longer their master and they
intended to eat and drink whatever they pleased and he dare not interfere with
them. Burnside sent a guard to protect him.
The Yankees went out to the farm of J.M.F. Harrison, a prominent merchant of
Newbern, and destroyed every thing they could. When inquiry was made as to the
bitterness manifested towards Mr. H., they said he was a "rebel captain." Old
and infirm persons who sought protection at the hands of Gen. Burnside, were
protected by a guard. Thus, when Miss Ellis, the matron of the Griffin orphan
school, was disturbed by soldiers, Burnside had a guard placed near the
premises, and no soldier was permitted to enter.
Among the families who remained in town after its capture, we heard the
following: Mr. Coles, Alexander Justice, Lacy Phillips, Z. Slade, Joseph
Robinson, Dr. Disoway, L. Heritage, Prof. Doherty and Dr. Boyd. Some of them
sent away some members of their families. Prof. Doherty sent his children to
Graham, and he and his wife remained. The Yankees entered the house of Mr.
Robinson, and seeing a watch in his wife's sick room, deliberately took it
down and carried it off.
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