Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Cape Fear River” in chapter 39 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

...his gun-boats could reach, and had occupied the sounds of North Carolina to such an extent that the Confederates could be said to have no foothold in that quarter. Wilmington, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River , was really the only point in North Carolina where the enemy could boast that they had defied the Federal arms, and this point was found extremely difficult to close owing to two separate entrances t...
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