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The disaster at Roanoke Island.a Narrative from a Participant. The following is from the pen of Major Thomas Dolan, who recently resigned a Captaincy in the 5th regiment Louisiana volunteers to join the Wise Legion as an amateur. Tom Dolan says that the fight on Roanoke Island was a very respectable one, and from his scars and experience in Nicaragua he should be a judge of such matters. We
irs, (who are not a large class,) whether West Pointers or others, know that the defences of Roanoke island were wholly inadequate.
Nothing but strong batteries and heavy obstructions at the marshes, , if in force, from passing.
Once past the marshes, if there had been fifty thousand men on Roanoke Island, the Federalists, without wasting a charge of powder, could have starved them into capitulat t Va. Vols., Captains O. Jennings Wise and Coles commanding, crossed over from Nag's Head to Roanoke Island.
That evening, Com. Lynch, with seven steamers, engaged the enemy's fleet.
I counted sixty