Richmond Enquirer account.
While doubt and anxiety pervades the public mind as to the disaster at Fort Donelson
, the sad and melancholy affair at Roanoke Island
seems temporarily forgotten.
We are in possession of facts connected with that fight, which we shall lay before the public for calm and impartial judgment.
On the morning of the sixth February, sixty vessels of the enemy appeared to the south of Roanoke Island
All day they were assembling, and early on the morning of the seventh, the signal for their advance was given.
The command of Gen. Wise
was at Nag's Head
, there being no accommodation for them on the island.
Early on the morning of the seventh, eight companies of the Second regiment, Wise Legion, Lieut.-Col. Anderson
, and two companies of the First regiment, Wise Legion, as a battalion, under Capt. Wise
, were sent to the island.
The ten companies of Gen. Wise
's command numbered about four hundred and fifty men. On the morning of the eighth, Major Fry
, with four other companies of the First regiment, and Col. Green
's battalion, were sent to the island.
Three companies were retained at Nag's Head
to prevent the enemy landing on the Roanoke Sound
shore of the beach, and to construct a ferry of lighters, and to save stores and baggage in case of retreat or disaster.
On the island no preparations whatever had been made.
's regiment, Col. Jordan
's and three companies of Col. Marten
's regiment, had been on the island for months.
These regiments numbered, all present, one thousand nine hundred and fourteen.
Of these, about one thousand