Hatteras and the coast defence.
--The Charlotte (N. C.) Democrat,
of Monday, says:
A great deal has been said about who is to blame for the loss of Fort Hatteras.
We find in the State Journal
the message of Governor Clark
, and report of Hon. Warren Winslow
, Military Secretary
, submitted to the House of Commons on the 6th of September, in response to a resolution of that body calling for information on the subject.
We have been one of those who thought the State
authorities at Raleigh
were very much to blame for the unprepared condition of the coast, but the message and report, we are bound to say, do not justify such a belier; for, according to those documents, the Governor
and Military Secretary
did all they could do towards preparing the coast for defensive operations.
If they are to blame for anything, it is for not making known to the people of the State
that their requisitions on the Confederate Government were not acceded to.
We learn that Gov. Clark
is now doing all he can to defend the coast, and is sending forward companies and regiments as fast as they can be equipped.
He made a request recently of the Secretary of War
, that a few well drilled regiments be sent to our coast, promising to send forward into Virginia
an equal number of new regiments of North Carolina
But the request has not been complied with by the Confederate Government.
We suppose North Carolina
is expected to defend her coast herself, and therefore vigorous exertions should be made for that purpose without delay, which we are assured is being done, and that liberal citizens of the East
are aiding the authorities all they can by private funds and force.