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command the valley of Roanoke river, probably the richest of all the valley country in North Carolina, and is, beyond doubt, the most important strategic point on that coast. If it be the enemy's object to harass and despoil the country, his success would entail severe damage upon the people. The possession of the Island even would give him easy access to several rich counties by navigable streams, and would place at his disposal the towns of Elizabeth City, Edenton, Hertford, Flymonth, Williamston, Windsor, and Murfreesboro. The island is about forty miles north of Hatteras, is about eight miles long, and from two to three miles wide. Being entirely accessible by water, and offering such vast temptations, it appears quite probable that it is to this point that the efforts of the Burnside fleer will be directed. Engineering skill and an adequate force of brave men may, scatter all his plans to the winds, and render abortive the immense preparations which have been made for