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waters of the sound.
The necessity of seizing and holding these inlets, controlling as they did such extensive and important territory, was at once seen by the State authorities.
So, immediately after the ordinance of secession was passed, Governor Ellis ordered the seizure of Fort Caswell, near Smithville, and of Fort Macon, near Morehead City.
These were strengthened as far as the condition of the State's embryonic armories allowed.
Defenses were begun at Ocracoke inlet, at Hatteras inletith squirrel rifles and fowling-pieces, and carving knives in place of bayonets, was transported to Roanoke island to engage the admirably equipped soldiers of Burnside.
The catalogue of the names of Lynch's fleet in Albemarle sound—the Seabird, Ellis, Beaufort, Curlew, Raleigh, Fanny and Forrest—sounds imposing enough even now when we remember that with fewer vessels Dewey fought at Manila; but when we recall that the flagship was a wooden side-wheeler, carrying only two guns and one of them