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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 3 1 Browse Search
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e against a seaward attack. Both are built of sand, strengthened with sheet piling of two-inch plank, and by being well turfed over. Both are provided with ample and thoroughly built bomb-proofs. The work does great credit to the skill of Colonel Thompson, the constructing engineer. It was, perhaps, an error to put the smaller battery in the inlet. That fact, indeed, had much to do with the exemption of the attacking fleet from danger, as in the positions taken by the vessels for the purpostwo days since, took her crew out, and sent her in with her own men. A United States Government steamer gave chase to the prize, and they were obliged to beach her near Nag's Head. She of course is a total loss. Yours, respectfully, Major W. Beverhow Thompson, Chief Engineer Department Coast Defence. As I have stated, the relative position of the two batteries was a serious injury to the defensive capacity of the position, in the second engagement. The armament was very deficient, and t