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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
ly overcame the obstacles which the Confederates had placed in his way, seized one of the enemy's steamers fitted out as a man-of-war, which was not expecting to meet the Federal fleet so high up in the river, and, after reaching the village of Hamilton, returned to Plymouth, where he landed a few troops. This expedition proved, in the first instance, that the Confederates did not possess any ship of a really formidable character in the Roanoke; secondly, that this river was not sufficiently d Rainbow's Bluff, where was planted a battery constructed so as to command the river, but on the approach of the Federals they retired to Tarboroa. On the 5th, Foster, ascending the Roanoke, found this work abandoned, and reached the village of Hamilton, where several houses were burnt down by undisciplined soldiers. Leaving the gun-boats to guard this point, the Federals started for Tarboroa on the 6th, and encamped in the evening at sixteen kilometres from this village. But the march had be