The enemy in North Carolina--his movements and Designs.
The Wilmington Journal
, of Wednesday, contains the following interesting facts in relation to the enemy in North Carolina
, and of the Roanoke
The Federal gunboats have passed up to Winton
, the county seat of Hertford county
, on the Chowan river
is formed by the confluence of the Meherrin
and Nottaway rivers
The main branch of Nottaway is the Black Water
, which is crossed by the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad about half way between.
, though rather nearer to the latter place.
The Black Water is navigable up to the railroad, as a steamer has been running regularly in connection with the railroad trains, although necessarily a small one, owing to the narrowness and crookedness of the stream.
The movements of the Lincolnite gunboats would seem to indicate a desire to force their way up as far as the Portsmouth
road, so as either to obtain possession of it, or at least cut off communication by that line.
Although capable of doing much harm to the people resident on the shores of the sounds and the rivers emptying into them, it is evident that there would be no strategic end to be served that would repay the vast outlay of men and money that the Burnelue expedition has occasioned, unless either Norfolk
is attacked or possession obtained of some leading line of railroad, and therefore it is, we take it, that the attention of city authorities will be, or at least ought to be, directed to the protection of the lines of communication, especially of water communication, especially of water communication, leading from the navigable waters of Albemarle
sounded, in the direction of any of our public works.
The Black Water, although deep, is so narrow and crooked that it might be stopped by trees felled across it.
The Roanoke Affair.
We had the pleasure of seeing this morning a gentleman who arrived here last night from Suffolk, Virginia
There and at the Riack Water
he saw persons who had been at Roanoke
, among others Captain Stigail
, commissary or quartermaster of Col. Jordan
S. left Roanoke
about one o'clock on Saturday in a sail boat.
He arrived at Elizabeth City
that night, and even up to the time of his arrival he heard firing, although the battle was no doubt over long before night.
says the company that suffered most was that under command of Capt. Wise
, of Richmond, Va.
, which company was stationed as a picket, below the lowest battery, and at the point where the Zouave
regiment from New York mace a landing.
They sustained a terrible hand-to-hand conflict with this whole regiment and were cut up almost to a man.
When Capt. Stigall
came away he did go in pursuance of the orders of Col. Shave
who told him to save all the public property he could; and he carried away all the papers, orders, and other portable matters.
our informant, Dr. H. H. Robinson
, of Bladen county
, heard any number of rumors, half a dozen in half au hour.
One of these reflected on Col. Shaw
; about this be made inquiry of Capt. Stigall
, who said there was no foundation for it, so far as he could learn.
also tried to find out the fate of any or all the officers from this place with whom he was acquainted, or whose names he knew; but could not get any information.
It is not believed that the enemy can or will attempt to force his way to a railroad by way of the Roanoke
The idea is, that he will try to push up the Chowan
to the junction of the latter with the Black Water
, and then try to march to Carrsville
, about 16 miles from Suffolk