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 whigh 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.
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