On December 17, Foster's expedition reached the railroad near Everettsville and began destroying the tracks north toward the Goldsborough Bridge.
Clingman's Confederate brigade delayed the advance but was unable to prevent the destruction of the bridge.
His mission accomplished, Foster returned to New Berne where he arrived on the 20th.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Wayne County
Campaign: Goldsborough Expedition (December 1862) previous battle in campaign Campaigns of the War
Date(s): December 17, 1862
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General John G. Foster [US]; Brigadier General Thomas Clingman [CS]
Forces Engaged: Department of North Carolina, 1st Division [US]; Clingman's Brigade [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 220 total