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raditions, gloried in the same history, and differed only in the construction of the Constitution.
In this great battle, so signally victorious for the Confederate arms, North Carolina had fewer troops engaged than it had in any other important battle of the armies in Virginia.
Col. W. W. Kirkland's Eleventh (afterward Twenty-first) regiment, with two companies— Captain Conolly's and Captain Wharton's—attached, and the Fifth, Lieut.-Col. J. P. Jones in command during the sickness of Colonel McRae, were present, but so situated that they took no decided part in the engagement The Sixth regiment was hotly engaged, however, and lost its gallant colonel, Charles F. Fisher.
This regiment had, by a dangerous ride on the Manassas railroad, been hurried forward to take part in the expected engagement.
When it arrived at Manassas Junction, the battle was already raging.
Colonel Fisher moved his regiment forward entirely under cover until he reached an open field leading up to the fam
mage our adversary, and just at this time the magazine being reported on fire . . . I ordered a white flag to be shown.
The immediate results of this expedition, says General Hawkins,
Battles and Leaders. were the capture of 670 men, 1,000 stand of arms, 35 cannon and two strong forts; the possession of the best sea entrance to the inland waters of North Carolina, and the stoppage of a favorite channel through which many supplies had been carried for the use of the Confederate forces.
Porter, in his Naval History, comments: This was our first naval victory—indeed, our first victory of any kind, and great was the rejoicing thereat throughout the United States.
The Federals at once occupied this commanding position and made it the basis of future operations against this coast.
With the exception of a skirmish at Chicamacomico this battle ended the offensive operations in 1861.
After the capture of Hatteras the Twentieth Indiana regiment was moved up the beach to hold Chicamac