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hese sounds, with their navigable rivers extending far into the interior, would control more than one-third of the State and threaten the main line of railroad between Richmond and the seacoast portion of the Confederacy..... These sounds of North Carolina were no less important to that State than Hampton Roads was to Virginia. Scharf's History of the Confederate States Navy. The long sandbank outside of these sounds and separating them from the ocean, reached from near Cape Henry to Bogue inlet, two-thirds of the entire coast line. Here and there this bulwark of sand is broken by inlets, a few of which allow safe passage from the Atlantic, always dangerous off this coast, to the smooth waters of the sound. The necessity of seizing and holding these inlets, controlling as they did such extensive and important territory, was at once seen by the State authorities. So, immediately after the ordinance of secession was passed, Governor Ellis ordered the seizure of Fort Caswell, nea
heroic Shaw was left on Roanoke island with two regiments, to oppose, as best he might, Burnside with nearly 15,000 men. At New Bern the gifted Branch, having only seven regiments and most of them but newly organized, was called upon to make an effort to hold a long line of intrenchments against this same force, aided by numerous gunboats. As a result of this disparity in numbers, Roanoke island, New Bern, and Fort Macon soon fell into Federal hands, and all eastern North Carolina above Bogue inlet went with these fortified points. Nothing more strongly marks North Carolina's subordination of her own interests to the welfare of her country than that her authorities consented at this crisis in her history, when her sons were being captured by regiments and her territory subjugated by the square mile, to the retention in Virginia of so large a number of her troops. The disasters to the State began in February of 1862; for, commencing in October, 1861, another combined army and n