Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Fortress Monroe” in chapter 9, page 171 of Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast:
In the language of the chief-engineer of the rebels, Colonel Thompson, in an official report, it is the key of the Albemarle.
In my judgment, it is a station second in importance only to Fortress Monroe on this coast.
As a depot for coaling and supplies for the blockading squadron it is invaluable.
As a harbor for our coasting trade, or inlet from the winter storms or from pirates, it is of the ...
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