tion; both performed their duties in the most admirable manner, and worked together most harmoniously.
The casualties among the naval vessels were few in number, which is considered strange when the light character of these steamers is taken into account and the number of guns (56) which were brought to bear upon them by the enemy; but the fire from the eight and nine-inch shell guns and rifles of the fleet was so vigorously kept up and accurately aimed that it was the same old story of Port Royal — hearts of oak in wooden ships.
The military forces had some hard fighting on shore, and the attack was conducted with great skill.
The entire force of the enemy stationed in the batteries and as sharpshooters was 4,000. Governor H. A. Wise had a force in reserve at Nag's Head, but retreated when he heard of the fate of the two forts.
The enemy's troops were well posted and their batteries well masked, so that the Federal forces were really fighting an unseen foe.
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