Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

155 Years Ago, January 20-21, 1862: Importance of Roanoke Island

JANUARY 20-21ST, 1862:  The CSS Sea Bird, Flag Officer Lynch, with the CSS Raleigh in company, reconnoitered Hatteras Inlet and "there saw a large fleet of steamers and transports."

Lynch pointed out in a letter to Confederate Secretary of Navy Mallory the importance of the area around  which Roanoke Island controlled:  "Here is the great thoroughfare from Albemarle Sound and its tributaries, and if the enemy obtain lodgments or succeed in passing here he will cut off a very rich country from Norfolk market."

--Old B-Runner

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