Union Forces Commanded by Brig. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno
Confederate Forces Commanded by Col. Ambrose Wright
Conclusion: Inconclusive / Draw
Burnside's North carolina Expedition
Learning that the Confederates were building ironclads at Norfolk, Burnside planned an expedition to destroy the Dismal Swamp Canal locks to prevent transfer of the ships to Albemarle Sound. He entrusted the operation to Brig. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno's command, which embarked on transports from Roanoke Island on April 18.
By midnight, the convoy reached Elizabeth City and began disembarking troops.
On April 19, in the morning, Reno marched north on the road to South Mills. At the crossroads a few miles below South Mills, elements of Col. Ambrose Wright's command delayed the Federals until dark. Reno abandoned the expedition and withdrew during the night to the transports at Elizabeth City. The transports carried Reno's troops to New Berne where they arrived on April 22.