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entrenched camp in the centre, and have garrisoned their works with 5,000 troops. They have the west side of the island and the eastern side of the mainland defended by heavy ordance, in order to prevent the passage of our gun-boats through Croatan Sound — the only communication for vessels with Albemarle Sound.--But there is no doubt that we shall soon have news of their being shelled out, as the gun-boats of the Union expedition, numbering seventeen, are most powerfully armed. Among other uld be hurried up. General Burnside's force, which is very numerous, was to have been landed on the lower end and east side of the island, under the guns of the war vessels. Commodore Goldsborough's fleet were to engage the batteries on Croatan Sound, at short rangs, while a portion of the land force was to have pushed to any point where the enemy should show himself in force. When the expedition sailed from Hatteras all were confident of success. All were in good health and good sp