3 September 1861: “You will immediately take Ocracoke Inlet, to be used, like Hatteras, as a harbor of refuge…”

Item description: Instructions from the United States Secretary of the Navy to Flag-Officer S. H. Stringham, U.S. Navy, commanding Atlantic Blockading Squadron, regarding the holding and obstructing of the inlets of North Carolina by sinking vessels loaded with stone.

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Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.. Series I, Volume 6. Washington : G.P.O., 1897. C970.75 U58no Ser. I, Vol. 6. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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