Newspaper of The New York Herald, February 13, 1862, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated February 13, 1862 Page 1
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Til WHOLE NO. 9280. IMPORTANT NEWS7 1U,~ .r n 1? * 1?i iud vapbiuo oi nuanoKe lsiana Fully Confirmed by the Rebels. terrible fighting. Three Hundred Rebels Killed and One Thousand Wounded. THE ENTIRE REBEL FLEET DESTROYED ELIZABETH CITY TAKEN. The Place Burned by fVl O W1V AbU UV/lOi Two Thousand Rebel Prisoners Taken. AbvsuQce of the Union Troops on Edenton. OPINIONS OF THE REBEL PRESS, Ac., Ac., Ac. We learn by the flog of truce which arrived at For. trees Monroe on Sunday of the complete success of the Burns lde expedition at Roanoke Island. Tito island was taken possession of and Commodore I.ynch's Ueet completely destroyed. Three hundred rebels were killed and wounded, and two thousand taken prisoners. Scarcely any escaped. Elizabeth City was attacked on Sunday and evacuated the inhabitants. Tho city was previously burned. I Tho first nows of tho defeat arrived at Norfolk on Sunday afternoon, and caused great excitement. The previous news was very satisfactory, stating that the Yankees ha t been allowed to advance for the purpose of driving tbera into a trap. The rebel force on the island is supposed to lave been nly a little over three thousand efficient fighting men. General Wise was ill at Kag'e Head, and was not present during the engagement. When the situation became dungorous ho was removed to Norfolk. All the gunbeate but one were taken, and that escaped up a creek, and was probably also destroyed. On# report says that only seventy and another that only twenty-five of the rebels escaped from the Island. General H'.iger telegraphed to Richmond that only fifty an the island escaped. There appears to be no bright aide of the story for the rebels. THE REBEL DETAILS. The following despatches on tho subject aro taken from the Richmond papers of Tuesday morning:? Noevole, Feb. 10,18(12. The latest news states that Captain O. Jennings Viae, on of Governor Wise, was shot tbiough the hip and disabled , though his wound was not mortal. Major Juiwson and Lieutenant Miller were mortally wounded. AU?u thro hunured confederate! were killed. Our vwundti numl rr iter one thousand. The number of Yuukeu* wounded is about the same. Midshipman Cauint has had an arm ahot otf. The other casualties are as yet un reported. A late a rival this morning says that Elizabeth City had been shi lied and burned by the Yankees, and (liat the enemy was poshing on to Kdentcn. SECOND DKSPATCB. XoRtOLE, Fob. 10,1862. A rumor has prevailed that Commodore I.ynch's fleet of gunboats had been capturrd. It is not regarded as true, but it u tclie'd that all wo? turned by the con federate? to prevent their capture, with the exception of one, which was endeavoring to make its e?cai>e. The fleet went to Elizabeth City from Roanoke Island, and was probably burned at the former point. THIRD DESPATCH, Sons-OLE. Feb. 10,1M2. I X courier arrived here this afternoon at fonr o'clock, | ?u*i uivii|u iuu iainii|i-ui;i iu>i aiitaoan ivy wai burned (At* morning by ill inhabitantt. During the conflagration the federal! landed a large force. All our gun. boats excepting one were captured by tbe enemy. General Wine bad not yet arrived at Norfolk. THE VERY LATEST. Tbe following " very la teat" we nopy from tbe Norfolk Day Both [From the Norfolk Day Book, Feb. 10.] It la aald tbat tbe enemy came up In their boat* on the nouth aide of the Island, and by meana of their boat how )tccra rfftcl'd a landing in tkt rear of our baUerit*, and that after Ian ling about flfteen thousand on all parts of tbe island, they marched tup and flanked tbe batteries. It la alio reported tbat, notwithstanding our email force ef twenty one hundred men against about QUeen thousand, on eorae parte of tbe Island tbe reaiatance was of the moat deaperate nature, and a baud-to-band contest lasted for a considerable time, showing the most desperate courage. Tbie is aald to have been tbe case particularly with the Richmond Blues, under command of Cap tain O. Jennings Wise. Captain Wise, we learn, fell Bravely urging hie men on. [From the Norfolk Day Book, Feb. 11.] A courier arrived here yesterday afternoon about three 'clock, from whom we gather tbe following informs tm ? Tbe enemy advanced in full force upon Elizabeth City yesterday about seven o'clock, and began an attack upon that place. The eitiront. fading rrtittanro com, nae?aM the ptart, but bffort doing to ttfflrt to thr hticn, and tuArrt our informant I r/t it ic<u if ill in flam". We have also to record the capture by tho en "my of II our little float, except the Fanny or Forrest?our in format* te rot certain which. This eluded the enen.y ana made up l'aequotaak river. Phe was pursued, liowever, and feara are entertaia-d that she was captured. 1l la amirf (hat lmfi.ro Atip luifetM nrrflllithroil ika* wiaea abandoned, and that their crewa aucceedad in inakinit their escape. If an, weareataloaa to conjecture why the boats wara not flrad before they were abandoned The disaster to our Hula fleet la attributed to tba Tact that, having exhausted their atipply of coal and their ammunition, they proceeded tu I'lizubelh City for the purpose of obtaining a supply I very effort waa made to obtain coal, but without auccaas, and the hoata could not, therefore, return to the Inland and land any nsmalatica whatever to aur foreea. All the datella, aa t nbi ?hed. with reference to the cap tore of Roanoke Inland, are confirmed by the courier, who rapreaanta aur loaa at three hundred killed and wounded, and IhAt of the enemy not leas than otia thousand killed treat havoc waa mado am>ug the enemy while coming ip the rood leading to the fort, tiur forces brought to sear upon them two thirty two pouudera, aad at every ,ra their ranks were terribly thlnnod. The places of tha alien, however, were qulekly tilled. lha l'ork 1'oint battery was manned by the Richmond tli.es, and most nobly did they defend it. Purine the onflict they were attacked by a wbolo regiment of hnaval, and though completely overpowered, they stood [E NI BRILLIAN Scene of Geners k ^^VIAYS V. J -2* CUMBERLANI^?^^. 7 v nro #oT ^ i/ ?A ^ V. .o;^ \ ,\S^ V ? &-AT5 V A ;^ewsT< V^xV/ \ '^\rYD^^Sj r \ y. \ OXffe|jX ) fftendefcon l yf \ \ ) ?! \ fr shoci i // ^uN.^1 vil spt> xiuiagav. | j nunts^h (l^i xl S af \kjj sk^\ v. Ni l/ falling c? ^^)jjaro-k^y} s i lj -movjur i f ^ /s\ \JLy i.'h- It }*> I2if ^^YETT^ILLE jj ^ |\^iu' *?< \ n W?iU mmej-lrj*c-- \ ) j^'V"1 .) /<fi" J 'Mi^YV" >/ hmj?/ a) ^\ ^r^AV^YN %<LK^0^^7muSS?, W?ul^ \v ftATLPS- SON. Sc. their ground. Tbey dM not yield * foot until all b even of them had fallen bleeding to tbu ground. TKtrt it fond ratten tttclierr that had Coloitrl Hmniagu with hit urliUcry, turn on Iht ulood, it would not ha'-r I* forctdlo turrtndrr. Tbo lack of Held pieces waa ear felt, and bad tbey beeu at band perhaps tbe met never would have been able to bave landed thoir foroi Colouel Heuningscn bad orders, we understand, to: port at Koanoke Isluud; but by tome misuaderstandl be m:?took Elizabeth City fcr bis place of destination. (at.tr In Taylor. f thie oily, is represent! d as bavi distinguishing himself for lus codncrs and bravery, fought the enemy like a tiger, and not ao inch of grou wus yielded by him without it* being well dieputed. In addition to the above there are many rnmora ought give but a* they are nothing more than rum< we prefer withholding lh?in. Among them, however one worthy of notice?that General Wlgt had been *1 while on his way ie an ambulance. The statement, to a* we have b?*ii ahlo to learn, ia oaf rue. We earn 01 a' count lor it hy supposing that the name of the Gene wan confounded with that of hie son, who wan repori among the killed. ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS. [Special correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. NottroiK, Feb. 10, 1802 With inexpressible sorrow I ntwomve iKe /nil Rtmnttke /Ware', after a spirited and heroic resistance our brave troops. This occurred between twelve two o'clock on Saturday, and the aews was rece.i herewith every indication of regret and iridignati We gather the following purtloularn from a young tr from the Richmond Dhies, who participated in the Qg escaped In a small boat and rowad to Ns Head, where he was taken op by one of i gunboats and brought to this city. He In ' ??? wwnetr - mm n / postmaster. Tim enemy'a skips, ho nay a, opei llr* ou Our batteries, at Koancke Island, ab seven o'clock in tho morning, and kept up incessant firs until Sevan o clock in tho ? rung, doing, however, but littlo injury to tho is la About nine o'clock tho next day (Saturitny), tho I Imp I wrro allowed to land on a point to tho east of Roani Island, where they marched upon that point. ' booming of heavy can on in tho die tares heralded enemy 's ap'roach. Our hiave troops prepared to m them, supposing thai/ numbers to bo about fi.d 3W YD NEW YORK, TJIURSDA"1 T OPERATION il Burnside and Cc Roanoke Island a cnR? X V vir^ dinwiddV^c.X \ \w\l ^?'^jMWMhdl ^vts fljals0n-<v^ ^\?///^wv?' sS^Sf n^f o. <3? >^^5f ) ^^>ir ^\v.sor/3'^ XT "-^SO^SBOROpvl AHVV I VDLEri 1 "P\^\ ff* 7//I/fO o ^ ->-r ~^?7/Vif?/4^7^iv?VX ? STRABANE _ _, / "*(\1 >??\ ^g coAf/ro/y^4^cfc^S x* /<: |TR^on^N/^ li\\V / NL *V fioasse^' -?, J* ^feX catfishlJL land1^-^ "K ***? N | >'^4 ^VsJ! J! 1J ;"&(*% 1 \ONslovv ^3* 1&3H r'^xi^r m/m?v^ky?A* p??^ y** Tvprwfl L:i'^j>J? f SVVANS\' c i !r \^UJ\ ' ? fl r%\*y *o#odkJr i rAW\f \jTu1iiP Mtl??s0 r Jj ^^15 Y u* S 7 UMP 9rf\r* %... lz / .t.souNoflk ^ ri Js / jv/ W&y<? <* ^ w'lir ??***** ?. * f^jj&SANDY JNLLT >b? J^Q?r/> /Afcrr ' ?M W&HASOA/MO60 9 fw itfMi?r A m> ? igjgfrir/flfrrr <* ^PjsMIIHS K ** ^fiEAPEFEAR ul Gradually U.u rou&da cam* nearer and nearer, and the hall came thick acd faat over our lutrenchmeale. Conrn, fldentof their own strungtb. our troop* mured rapidly '/? forward, when, In a few minute*, th? ball opened and lly the terrific coutoel ensued. Bravely did onr boy* atand ny up to the overwhelming forces of the enemy, and not bk. till nearly every roan watt dead or wounded did they re leave their atand. Nothing remained but retroat, ng which our men did, conetantly turning and giving them a ahot. finding It useless to hold the ialand under ng auch overwhelming number*, tb* order to retroat Ho from tho ialand waa given, and our remaining troopo ud retired, leaving thoir atroaghold in tbe hand* of the enemy. we It will be a pleasure hereafter to record on tbe page }rl of history the heroie fortitude of our gallant troop*. ,,a Nobly end well did Captain O. Jennings Wise, of your lot city, atand np with hia men to the fierce encounter, r?r when, suddenly, he was ahot through the aide and in,ly atantly fell. One of hia men asking him If be waa much rai hnrt?"Not much,''said be,"but fight them yat." H* led w*a born# from the scant of action in a blanket. About 3OO of our ft race ftoyi felt, and nearly aU the ted ?vre et/Arr wounded or taken pritoneii. Tho enemy'* lots I* laid down at 1,000. fbur of their ihijH were tunk, thay ] doing but littlo damage to any of our boats. Commodore lynch and other parts of our fleet did noble service, hi* of chip being among tbe first to open flro on the enemy'* by (topping. At last account* they w*r* in pursait of Com1 i d mod ore I.yncb. red In the midst of this terrible straggle it will be regretted on. that General Wiao waa seriously indisposed at Nag's ion Head. Hotli he and hie son *r* aipected here to day. 1 hi, am sorry to say that but vary r*w escaped from Captain g's W.ae'a company. Garga quantities of ammunition were i'ur saved be our troops. Tho women, children and a number an of negrora are reported now oa their way to our city our Tlie enemy will he turceiefully chocked from getting p.* fied *c??ion of our railroad In that vicinity. Active prepare out tion* have hoen made here regarding ihie diaaater, which an it may he imprudent for inn to mention. The new* feH v?- up' n the earn of our citizen* with fearful significance, nd- Many would dare shut their eve* against the fact had not an* dread conviction conio so direct Kvery mnu ??? aj nkd hi* povt, and our department* here wt r? engaged

rho ia an.ding derpntchea to the various encampment*, the The alaci ity with which every officer r*e< uted hi* order* eel l* a thamo of puhiic praise, ami caper ial praiao i* due to <K?. the Young Guard, of our city, for their service* on the ?R K H r, FEBRUARY 13, 1862. S AT ROANOE >mmodore Goldsbor nd Elizabeth City. ^^n, W^: '^jjjl^ f^f^c\ kj^wWi^, yf])^' **i^TW '" **c .? .^nr'rj-cJr ^L*?>W/*- * So w* ,.. FgtitscAr ^^^WASHJNGTON -*u* '< |W ^ vv V* if ?y.v ;-?* /' * * V . < o 6 occasion. At? very late hour military movements were going on, and every tiling is in great excitement. Norkolk, Feb. 10,18(2. Trie intelligence af Itaa desperate and unequalled con teat at Roanoke Island, and its result, have doubiless reached you by telegraph. Of roeree this is the principal subject of conversation hero. Considering all the circumstances attending the fight, a more favorable termination of the affair eould ecaroely have been expected by those competent to judge. Our force on the island at the lime of the attack was but email in comparison with the heavy and numeroue force of the enemy. Of the bravery and gallant conduct of eur troopa too much con acarcely bo Mid in eommandation. That thry wore overpowered by greatly auportor number*, after lighting with a rarkleannea* and despera" tion nevar aurpasted, ia a fact already ealabliihod, and which will b* placed upon the truthful pages of hiatory. I eend you herewith auch particular* of the battle aa I bar* been able to gather. A true account cannot be giren now. We know enough to eauae a deep aigh of grief for the bravo men elain, and the gallant eon* of th* South, who are now eaptive* in tbia cruel war?of home* rendered deaolato, of haarta wrung with anguish and tie* of love and frlendabip aevored. But who belierea, eicept thedoludcd and revenge!uI Yankee*, tliat the South will ever ytold to tbemv?that tb* great caua* of Southern liberty, and honor, and humaaity ia not atill onward? True, th* new* ronton that the hoepitabl* town of Eliaabeth City haa boon elicited and burned, aud that the vandal bordaa are deoolating the pleaeaot place* of the Sound coarl. But they cannot go far into tha inivrtvr, mm ura umj in ci'iuiu| wuwn ?ur^ Northern mtnmna aholl b? driven hack in dia grace to tlieir inhnepitable and barren end. deneral Win, though atiil aick, ta. 1 learn,<>n hi* way to thl* ait J'. Captain (>. Jrnuinga Wige waa dangerously woundod. Major l?wa<>n, Lieutenant Mlllor and Captain Colee, aro reported among iba killed. The onomy loet In killed and wounded one tli iii?and, our loan three hundred. mvrt /Viu tu o .'h/utami pritontri. Wo must tia nerved for a vigor tea resistance, and Providence will aa got no .'?m heretofore n ttae canoe of honor, and truth, and LoHiaii righto. OPINIONS OF TUB REBEL PRESS. [Front the Hiehmond examiner, Fob. II/) The kfo of an entire army on Roanoke (aland la car ERA! E ISLAND. ough's Victories? wrm 1 CKABEE3 " * CfiMFoar 1 gmi, fj, ^GAeEHENBtt \ * \k & \ : INLET kX r 0. 0 \ K * e ?i tainly the mnii painful event of tba war. The intelligence of yrsterday by telegraph ia fully confirmed. Twenty Ova hundrad brave troops on an Island In tha sea wera exposed to all tba force of the Burnside fleet. They resisted with tba most determined courage; but when fifteen thousand federal troops ware landed against them, retreat being cut ofT by tha surrounding element, they were forced to surrender. This la a rape tit ion of the Ilattcras affair on a large soale. It Is reported that one regiment from Massachusetts was badly cut up, but it Is impossible to ascertain which of the five that were attached to the expedition It was. All the Southern papers received to day are unanimous in admitting a complete victory to our troops, and in saying that the lose of the island is a very serious one. The prisoners eaptured, numbering at least two thousand, will arrive at Fortress Monroe in a few days. [From the Richmond Dispatch, Feb. 11.] THE DISASTER AT ROANOKE ISLAND. The exciting occurrence et Roanoke Island, resulting in a reverse to our arms, was the theme of conversation yesterday In the city, to the exclusion ef almost every other topic. The feet that eome of our Richmond compa nine were engaged in the fight occasioned an intense and painful anxiety, particularly among tboee who bad friends or rolstives among tbsm, which sould not he well concealed. It la but a short pe rtod sine* the Wise Legion, after ea arduous and lollsom# campaign In Western Virginia, left here for the coast of North Carolina, and though now defeated In one of the most desperate eon diets of tho war, It la at loast consoling to know that the mea fought with determined bravery, agamit overwhelming adds, and woo for themselves the proud appellation of heroes, of which their present situation eannot deprive them. The Light Infantry Bluet (Company A, of the Legion), date their organisation as far back as the year 1783, and numi<er among their honorary merahere many of our Oldest and most venerated citiress. The history of the company is so well known that wo need not repeat It here. Captain O. Jennings Wise was elect Mi commander a rhort time before llio war broke out, and (he corp* wee ene of the flrti to respond to tho call of the country. Captain Wiso ie reported badly wounded, and I.ieutenante Fred Carter aud Charles P Bipyer are taken priaonera, with It is presumed, a majority of the men. the Jarkrun (b.inrd and the l.lphl (Junrd, bolls attached to the lefon were enlirte i here after the commencement ol tho war. ' [/!>. 1 PRICE TWO CENTS. Captain Hiram H Dickinson, of tbn former, and (lapUin Gua Wallace, of tho latter, reported captured by the enemy, are well known citizens of Richmond, f .teutonaut Miller,of tho Jackson Guard, is said to bo mortally weui.ded. Major Hugh W. Fry, who is among the pr inciters, bee many friends here, who regret but mmfortuue, but wbo are proud to believe that be sustained himself gallantly in the Oxht, and the same remark applies to Prank Johnston, of the Much, as bravo a young man us ever shouldered a musket. The telegraph informs us that our killed and wounded amounts to 300. while that of the en my reaches 1.000. The reader will find some further particulars of tlio affair in our Norfolk papers, from which it appears that the in famous scroundrels have shelled and burued the pleasant little town of Elizabeth City, and are threatening Eden, ton. Their operations in that quarter, however, will be limited; and instead of depressing the spirits of our people, such acts of vandalism will serve to make them mora determined, and rouse tlietn to thrice vigorous resistance. Personally we regret the loss of our accomplished correspondent "lloheunau," whose letters from the Potomac and other points have for soma time past adorned the columns of this paper. Dr. Shopbordson is well known throughout the South, and in his captivity (which we trust will be brief) he has tho sympathy of a vast oum* ber of friends. THE CAMPAIGN IN CAROLINA. [Prom the Richmond Pi3patch, Fab. 11.) Until within a day or two past, the rapture of Riant,ke Island by Vurnside was considered a foregone conclusion. A fleet of nearly a hundred sail and an army of flftoon or twenty thousand men, with guns and equipmsnts iu profusion, were esteemed equal to the capture ef any exposed piece of water bound lund liko the island in question. But the brave resistance offered for nearly two days by our troops, and the hopeful terma in which they spoke of their prorpects, led our people to believe that tho island might be bald. It has, however, been lost, end we are compelled to resign ourselves to the conclusion which a day or two of hope?we confess cot strong in our own case?had unsettled. Burnrido has landed, after a hard fight, on a seaboard island, not aa advantageously situated, nor encompassod by as rich surroundings of country as Beaufort. His object is supposed by aomo to be Norfolk; but if we are to believe the recent ontgivings of Northern journals, his leading purpose is to make a demonstration against the Weldon and Wilmington Railroad, with a view to cutting eur great line ef Southern communication. That thing stems, for the promt, to be the especial aim of the enemy in every quarter. His movements In Western Kentucky and Tennessee seem to have that single object for the present in view; and it has been repeatedly declared by Northern journals that Burnside's primary purpose is a demonstration upon our railrcad. It remains to bo seen wbother such be his real design, and with what success he will prosecute it. The experience of Sherman in a similar undertaking may possibly bo bis own. An asaault upen Norfolk is the only object next after thie railroad enterprise, commonsurate In importance with the magnitude of the expedition. In such an under" taking tho enemy's vessels could be of little direct useTbe water approaches to that city from North Caroline re too narrow, tortuous and easily obstructed to admit the una of vessels; and if the enemy attempts alaml attack the chancoa in our favor ef repelling him are two or three to one. The reduction of Norfolk would no the work of months, and could only be effected by a larg>? increase of Burnside's forces, an Increase which tho Yankee exchequer is not able to afford for an operation stretching through a protracted pericd. Xothing at aU tan save their treasury, and nothing can keep the war on foot but rapid operations ami decisive successes. Yet we do not gee wherein IheBurnside expedition promises these results more unmistakably than Sherman's did, which landed in November, nearly threo mouths ago. Measured by its cost to the enemy, not even tho capture of Norfolk, if it could be effected, would oonipco sate him for his outlays, and this at last Etbetrue standard by which his successes should be estimatcdThe South need not expert, and cannot rationally expect. that these hugo expeditions, fitted out at linmens? expenso, slipuld fail to effect any achievement. Fifteen or twenty thousand men landed anywhere upon our sua' board must surceed in getting possession. It would bo idle to expect oiherwise, and imbecilo to bo discouraged by the Tact. The true consideration is. whether auch successes repay their cost. . Measured by this standard, the achievements of tho Burnside expedition are not likely to be very important. Its cost cannot have been ten, in the Jirst instance, than ten millions of dollars, and its charges every day are at least a quarter of a million. It has been thirty one days prosecuting its career to the point of capturing Roanoke Island, a feat which has cost the federal government several millions, independently of the first outlay in the enterprise, and the losses incurred by the'storm. If tho expedition should succeed in capturing the whole Carolina seaboard, and even a considerable slice of the country besides, together with Norfolk, still the fifteen or twenty millions of federal money laid out in the whole operation would not be reimbursed by half. IFc are not of those who suffer discouragement from ortntienal successes of the enemy. They have far overtaxed the resources of ths North in bringing their prodigious forces iuto ths field. The effect may be to damage us considerably, hut they are damaging themselves much more. The injury they inflict upon us is local and remediab'.e; that which they bring upon themselvee in debt and taxation, is general, universal and enduring. They have chosen a gigantic and expensive p so gramme, which must break down, and whleh no successes, however great, can compensate the eost of. THE REBEL ISLAND ANDJOWNS. ROANOKE ISLAND AND ITS ADTONTAGES. A few days ago we gave a brief description of Roanoke Island, and pointed out tho advantages^ be derived from ite capture and occupation. The^newe, however, which wo lay before our reader* thjs^mornlng, of the brilliant victory of the Union arme under General Buraeide and Commodore Goldcborough, la of so much ugrK<rtanc* that we think it not out of place to give a mor**deUiJed_eccountofthe island and of the advantages which bat* fallen into our bands by its capture. Roanoke Island is twelve miles long and three mile# wide, and ie about fifty mile* up Pamlido Sound. It was said to be fortified by the rebel* on the southern, western and eastern shores, sad defended with heavy ordnance, end on the 13th January, when the rebels i learned of the arrival of tien Burnside at Hatteraa Inlet, i tliey instantly commsneed ths construction of a battery about midway of the island. In addition to this they had I thrown np five forte, with an intrenched camp in lb* i centre, and had their works garrisoned by somo five thousand troops, in order to prevent the passage of our ^. nhAatfl fhrnutih ihh Crneitn Smtnil ftia ?!? er>??? nicatinn with Alhnmarln Sound. But the rbnaring nrwi hu now reached us of thair being ehelled out of thair strongholds by the powerful Union rapadition which waa brought against them, consisting of sevonl an gnnhoata arnat powerfully srmed with rilled artillery, among which were a dozen mine-tuck guns, two one hundred pounder rifled guna, four eighty pounders, and a large number of eight-Inch shall and thirty twe pounders. The capture of Roanoke Island is of nuoh importance, inasmuch as It cotnmanda all the water communication along the whole North Carolina eeaal, aa well as a portion of Southeastern Virginia. Being in poeaoaslon of It, we ero enabled to cat off all euppliee by water from Norfolk. so that hereafter the rebels will be compelled to get their suppllec wherever they can, and *nMrety by land; for Norfolk can alan be eut off here, aa also from the emm aerate Albemarle Sound northward to the point whare the Pasquotank and North rivera empty. There are two routee from this lent point to Norfolk-one by Pasquotank river, Dismal Swamp Canal and eouth branch of Elizabeth river, and the other by the North river of Albemarle and rami loo Canal, Currituck sound, the North river of Currituck, th? upper cut of Ike Albemarle and F am I loo Canal, and the Elisabeth river. During tho winter month# the first is passable for vessels drawing , about si* feet of water. The Faaqnotank river le three i miles wide si its month, and gradually narrows until st Elisabeth City It Is only about three hundred yard* i wide. i Currit rk is About fifty miles long, ten miles wide, and . ? ntvigablo for \asaela drawing ten en > f water. Albe 'CONTINUED ON EIGHTH PAUL I I

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