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tending across the road that traversed the middle of the Island.
These several fortifications mounted about forty heavy guns.
There were batteries also on the main, commanding the channels of Croatan Sound.
vessels had been sunk in the main channel of Croatan Sound, and heavy stakes had been driven in its waters from the main to the Island, to obstruct the passage of vessels.
Above these obstructions was a flotilla of small gun-boats — a sort of Musquito fleet like that of Tatnall at Port Royal--eight in number, and carrying eleven guns.
These were commanded by Lieutenant W. F. Lynch, late of the National navy, who had abandoned his flag, received a Commodore's commission from the conspirators, and was now charged with the defense of the coast of North Carolina.
after a reconnaissance, Commodore Goldsborough slowly moved his fleet of seventy vessels, formed on the morning of the 5th of February,
1862. toward Croatan Sound, fifteen of the gun-boats leading, under the immediat