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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
rry, Lieut. C. W. Flusser; the Ceres. Lieut. John McDiarmid; and the Shawsheen, Acting-Master T. T. Woodward, with a detachment of about forty soldiers in addition to their regular crews. The first of the places to be examined was the town of Hamilton on the Roanoke River. The banks of this river were high in places and afforded many commanding positions from which an enemy upon the water could be attacked with little danger to the attacking party. The Confederates did not fail to make ths reached. Having taken possession of the Confederate steamer Nelson at this place, the expedition returned in safety to the Sound. In the latter part of October, 1862, another expedition, a combined military and naval force, was started for Hamilton, and proved successful beyond all expectations. Great risks were run, some valuable lives lost, and great skill shown in the management of the gun-boats. Thus the Navy, when co-operating with the Army, always made its usefulness felt. Without