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Near Manteo in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Naval Battle of Roanoke Island

 
 
Naval Battle of Roanoke Island Marker image. Click for full size.
May 8, 2007
1. Naval Battle of Roanoke Island Marker
Inscription. During late January, 1862, a Federal land-sea expedition assembled at Hatteras Inlet to take Roanoke Island and capture control of the North Carolina Sound region. This force was under the joint command of General Ambrose Burnside and navy Flag-Officer Louis Goldsborough. After several delays due to bad weather, the Union fleet, consisting of numerous troop transports and more than 20 war vessels, arrived at the southern end of Roanoke Island. On February 7, 1862, Federal warships (O) bombarded Fort Bartow (J), southernmost of the Confederate defenses. The fort returned the fire but with little effect. The Confederate fleet (N), under Captain W.F.Lynch, waited to engage the Federals behind a line of obstructions (M) placed in Croatan Sound to retard the Federal advance. However, the Confederate fleet, after a sharp engagement which was ended only by darkness, was forced to retire due to a lack of ammunition. On February 8, 1862, the Federal fleet bombarded various positions on Roanoke Island in support of General Burnside’s land offensive. After the Union victory on the afternoon of February 8, a detachment of Federal ships under Commander S. C. Rowan was sent into Albemarle Sound in pursuit of the Confederate fleet. The Union forces were now in control of most of the inland waters of north-eastern North Carolina.
 
Erected
Close-up of Map image. Click for full size.
May 8, 2007
2. Close-up of Map
1961 by Archives and Highway Departments, Confederate Centennial Commission.
 
Location. 35° 55.647′ N, 75° 43.412′ W. Marker is near Manteo, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker is on U.S. 64/264 near Freedman's Colony Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on Roanoke Island at a pull-off on the right just before the William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Manteo NC 27954, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Huger (within shouting distance of this marker); Deliverance (within shouting distance of this marker); Bondage (within shouting distance of this marker); The Promised Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Blanchard (approx. 0.2 miles away); First English Colonies (approx. ¼ mile away); R. A. Fessenden (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Light of Freedom (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manteo.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Roanoke Island. Short article about the battle. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Overwhelming Success of the Burnside Expedition. New York Times news article from February 1862. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. More Photos of Ashby Harbor and the Naval Battle Area
Naval Battle of Roanoke Island Marker image. Click for full size.
May 8, 2007
3. Naval Battle of Roanoke Island Marker
Looking west across Croatan Sound.
. From Civil War Album. (Submitted on January 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,802 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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