July 5, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 1st page)
A Brave Act
How Four Confederate Soldiers Captured a Steamer.
Col. R.W. Wharton, of this county, relates the following incident of the late war, which he says he has never seen in print, but which is worthy to be perpetuated:
A few days after the battle of Bentonsville, the 67th North Carolina troops were ordered down on the Tar and Neuse rivers by Gen. Bragg for the purpose of operating on the Federal lines between Newberne and Kinston. The regiment encamped at the north foot of Greenville bridge, and a number of companies, including Company A., commanded by Capt. Tolson, of Craven, were immediately ordered to the territory between the Neuse and Tar river.
About the 10th of April, 1865, four men, belonging to Company A., who were on picket duty near Street’s Ferry on the Neuse river, saw a steamer coming up the river with two barges in tow. The men opened fire on the steamer, which was immediately run to the opposite shore and grounded, and everybody deserted. The side of the river where the steamer grounded was swampy, and she was some distance from the shore, but every one on board jumped into the water and took to the swamp. The four pickets swam across the river, boarded the steamer and captured her papers and flag, which they afterwards delivered to Col. Wharton, commanding the regiment, at Greenville.
Hearing a Federal gunboat steaming up the river, they set fire to the steamer and two barges, containing large quantities of provisions, and swam to the opposite side. The names of the four men were, Alonzo Hill, Geo. Hill, Robt Stilley, and Cox, all of Co. A., 67th North Carolina troops. –Washington N.C. Gazette.