This accomplished officer of the President’s personal staff has performed at Newbern one of the most gallant and successful exploits of the war. With his little band of thoroughly disciplined Marines, he succeeded in boarding (no matter how,) the Gunboat Underwriter, carrying four heavy guns, well manned and equipped, and lying close into the beach directly under the fire of one of the forts at Newbern. The redoubtable Captain of the formidable monster escaped by jumping overboard. It is creditable to the remaining officers and crew that they made at stout fight; but Col. Wood was too much for them and they were obliged to succumb. The boat was fairly captured; but owing to her being so close in, and having no steam up, our Colonel was unable to bring her off. He was therefore compelled to relinquish his prize to destruction. The explosion of her magazine was heard for miles, and her shell rent the air for several moments, adding to the consternation of the Yankee and tory inhabitants of Newbern. Col. Wood came off safe and brought most of his prisoners.
This heroic deed adds lustre to our arms. Invigorates the popular confidence in our cause, and reflects the highest honor on the gallant officers and men who executed it.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, February 11, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org