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[106] with the other regiments. The officer was one of the Thirty-first North-Carolina regiment, who came to make terms. The only terms granted were an unconditional surrender. The Second brigade, with Gen. Reno at the head, marched into the camp of the Thirty-first North-Carolina, when the officers delivered up their swords, and the men threw down their loaded muskets.

Half an hour after the battery was taken, Gen. Foster moved forward with the First brigade, at the head of which the Twenty-fourth, Massachusetts marched, as they were fresh, having been landed just as the Zouaves charged the battery. It was expected the rebels had retired to another battery where a stand would be made by them. As our troops approached the second camp of the rebels, they were met by Lieut.-Col. Poore, who asked what terms of surrender would be granted. Gen. Foster replied, their surrender must be unconditional. The officer then asked what time would be granted them to consider the terms. Gen. Foster replied: “While you are going back to your camp to convey the terms and returning.” The Lieut.-Colonel departed, and Gen. Foster remained fifteen minutes waiting for his return, when he ordered an advance. They had not proceeded more than one hundred yards, when Col. Poore again met them with the answer that the terms were accepted.

Gen. Foster then marched his brigade into the camp of the rebels, when Col. Shaw, the commander of the entire post, delivered up his sword, saying: “I give up my sword and surrender to you five thousand men.” He thought he had that number, but some were on the mainland, having escaped, and others were reinforcements which he expected, but had not arrived in time to be surrendered.

The forces surrendered number about three thousand men. The post includes the whole of Roanoke Island, with batteries mounting over thirty guns, and Fort Forest on the mainland, mounting eight or ten guns. Two large encampments, commenced in August by the Third Georgia regiment, and completed by the rebels now our prisoners, were also surrendered. The camp is composed of wooden quarters for from four to five thousand men, comfortably constructed and shingled over, and in excellent condition.

About six thousand of our soldiers encamped in these buildings, with the rebel prisoners, who were assigned quarters, and a guard placed over them. The batteries along shore were abandoned by their garrisons as soon as the knowledge of the capture of the field-work by our men reached them. They joined the main body, and were surrendered with the others.

Our victory was complete. Not one circumstance transpired to detract from the success of the enterprise. We met them in their stronghold, drove them out, took them prisoners with all their arms, ammunition, stores and equipage. Our loss compared with the results is trifling. We have lost brave men, but they died with the sounds of victory ringing in their ears, the highest ambition of the true soldier. Friends will mourn their loss, but the pang is softened by the consciousness that they died to some effect. No disastrous rout adds bitterness to their sorrow. On the contrary, the light of a brilliant and unqualified victory forms a halo around their bloody couches, causing the hearts of mothers, wives and sisters to rejoice, though their eyes may be suffused with tears.

The direct results of the victory just achieved by Gen. Burnside and Commodore Goldsborough, are of very great importance. The rebels are driven from one of their strongholds in North-Carolina--their army at this point are prisoners in our hands — their fleet is destroyed — their batteries, which were intended for the destruction of our fleet, are in our possession, very slightly damaged.

Their force at this point when attacked is variously estimated at from three thousand five hundred to five thousand. Certainly we have twenty-five hundred men in our hands, whom we found in arms against the Government.

The works which have come into our possession reflect credit on the men who constructed them; but being devised and constructed for one specific object, they were next to useless for any other. The great object in their construction was that, when our vessels were drawn into the inner channel, they should be sunk by point-blank fire. No lateral range was given to the guns. On the contrary, the embrasures were narrow, giving room only for firing on our vessels when abreast of their guns. The position taken up by Commodore Goldsborough completely frustrated their design, and instead of twenty-five guns bearing on the fleet, but one could open fire with any chance of being effective.

The works are constructed in the most substantial manner. The sod revetments were in fine condition; the guns were mounted on wooden platforms carefully laid. The interior of the works which were abandoned without being attacked was in the most perfect order, indicating an efficient commanding officer.

The names by which these works were known among the rebels are Fort Huger, on Weir's Point, northernmost on the shore of the island: Fort Blanchard, to the south of this, and Fort Bartow, on Pork Point, the most southern of the channel-bearing works. On the eastern shore of the island, at Robb's Fishery, a battery mounting two guns, pointed inland, was erected to cover the retreat of their forces toward Nag's Head. A singular precaution for men who had resolved to “conquer or die.”

Battery Huger, on Weir's Point, is a semi-circular work, mounting eight heavy thirty-twos in embrasure in the centre, and two en barbette at each end, one of which is rifled. A rear curtain with a salient angle in the centre, protects the rear. A large quadrangular bomb-proof occupies the centre. This was under the command of Major Hill.

Battery Blanchard mounts four thirty-twos en barbette, with a left flanking curtain extending round to the rear.

Battery Bartow, or Pork Point Battery, is

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