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The Daily Dispatch: February 10, 1862., [Electronic resource], The North Carolina coast and its points of interest and defence. (search)
es from the island. It is capable of being made a very strong position, and under the control of a good engineer, furnished with ample means, such as its importance demands, might be made impregnable against any force which could be brought against it. The possession of the island by the enemy would give him easy access to all of the above last named twelve counties by the navigable streams which penetrate them, and would place at his disposal Elizabeth City, Edenton, Hertford, Plymouth, Williamston, Windsor, and Murfreesboro'--all small, but, to our people, important towns. Where Burnside will go. The idea, however, which seems to prevail at the North, and perhaps in some minds South, that Norfolk would be endangered by the Burnside fleet passing through the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, or the Dismal Swamp Canal, is simply preposterous. The narrow but deep streams through which the fleet must pass to enter the canals could so easily be closed up by the felling of timber