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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)
been obliged to use more northern railroads to obtain their supplies, even if they did not have to evacuate Richmond. The final movement of our army under Sherman in his March to the sea, was directed towards some of these points in North Carolina, and it was not long after this that Lee surrendered and General Joe Johnston laid down his arms. When the Confederates found that the Hatteras forts were incapable of keeping the Federal gun-boats out of the sounds, and that the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers must fall into our hands, they determined to fortify Roanoke Island and prevent our getting into Albemarle Sound; so that they could hold communication with Norfolk through the Currituck Inlet and save Plymouth and the Roanoke River. They were building some heavy iron-clads up that river, and all the material, machinery and guns had to be transported from Norfolk and Richmond. The defences of Roanoke Island consisted of six separate works. Five of these guarded the water approaches
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
ners. operations in sounds of North Carolina. Confederates invest Washington, N. C., but compelled to retire. gun-boats engage and silence many batteries on Pamlico River. names of officers and men who received commendations. General spinola's testimony in regard to gallant conduct of Navy. Lieutenant French's expedition. imced. On May 26th, Rear-Admiral Lee reports the operations in the sounds of North Carolina. It appears that the Confederates had invested Washington, on the Pamlico River, which investment lasted eighteen days, and after a fruitless effort to take the place (which would have been of no use to them if they had succeeded), the enerred where the Army could help the Navy; but, when such was the case, the latter acknowledged the obligation in a most eulogistic manner. This affair on the Pamlico River was very much like that on the upper Nansemond —— there were too few troops for the occasion. These scattered garrisons, in badly-built and poorly-armed earth