Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Colonel Thompson” in chapter 9, page 171 of Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast:

... operations may be made upon the whole coast of North Carolina to Bogue Inlet, extending many miles inland to Washington, Newbern, and Beaufort. 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 bl...
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