Chapter VIII Hatteras Inlet—Roanoke Island.
the reader who has examined the coast charts or maps of the United States
is aware that low, long, sandy islets fringe almost the entire coasts of what are known as the Southern States
There are numerous inlets between these islets that have a certain degree of permanency, but many of them close for a series of years, and are found open again after some gale of unusual severity.
Between Cape Henry
and Cape Hatteras
are several of these ephemeral ‘inlets’ or channels, between the sea and inland waters.
Thirteen miles south of Cape Hatteras
is Hatteras Inlet, and eighteen miles farther, Ocracoke, the bend of that coast from the cape being west-southwest and, looking toward Cape Henry
, north by east.
Hatteras Inlet has more depth over the bar, and its regimen is more permanent than any of the other entrances into the sounds of North Carolina
It was the most convenient entrance for the distribution of supplies to the Confederate army in Virginia
, and bordering the inland waters were produced in great abundance what are known as ‘naval stores.’
These, and considerable cotton grown in that region, gave ample cargoes for outward bound blockade-running vessels.
No sooner was the Civil War
fairly begun, and the Navy Yard
in the possession of the Confederates