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Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. Expedition to Roanoke Island. Rear-Admiral Goldsborough in command of naval forces. Army forces under command of General Burnside. vessels and officers in command. a nondescript squadron. Commander Rowan given command. description of Roanoke Island. the defenses. attack on works and vessels. barracks at Fort Bartow on fire. Landing of troops at Ashley's harbor. capture of Fort Bartow. destruction of st
The Federal forces had not yet gained entire possession of the interior waters of the Sound, but that came a few months later, and will all be narrated in its proper place.
On the 9th of July, 1862, an expedition was fitted out from Goldsborough's fleet for the examination of certain rivers leading into the Sounds of North Carolina, in order to ascertain whether the enemy was fortifying the river banks or building men-of-war at the small towns in the interior.
The expedition consis