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The Daily Dispatch: February 10, 1862., [Electronic resource], The North Carolina coast and its points of interest and defence. (search)
d bordering it, is of little consequence to the enemy, except in a rear attack upon Beaufort with light steamers. Batteries are erected, we understand, to cut off such an attempt.--But the possession of Hatteras by the enemy, in the absence of the most complete defence upon Neuse and Pamlico rivers and at Roanoke Island, might give him entire control of the granary of the South. Craven, Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington, Currituck; Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Gates, Hertford, Bertie, Martin, and even Northampton and Halifax counties, without these defences, are all laid open to his ravages. These counties have heretofore furnished Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, and Savannah a larger amount of corn than they obtained from all other sources, besides the large shipments they made to Baltimore, New York, and Providence. The product of surplus corn from these counties is immense. Add to this the entire loss of the whole fishing interest of these waters, amounting to sev