On June 5, Colonel Robert Potter, garrison commander at Washington, North Carolina, ordered a reconnaissance in the direction of Pactolus.
The 24th Massachusetts under U.S. Lieutenant Colonel F.A. Osborne, advanced to the bridge over Tranter's Creek, where it encountered the 44th North Carolina, under Colonel George Singletary.
Unable to force a crossing, Osborne brought his artillery to bear on the mill buildings in which the Confederates were barricaded.
C.S.A. Colonel Singletary was killed in the bombardment, and his troops retreated.
The Federals did not pursue and returned to their fortifications at Washington.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Pitt County
Campaign: Burnside's North Carolina Expedition (January-July 1862) previous battle in campaign Campaigns
Date(s): June 5, 1862
Principal Commanders: Lieutenant Colonel F.A. Osborne [US]; Colonel George Singletary [CS]
Forces Engaged: Regiments
Estimated Casualties: 40 total