|Union Operations against Roanoke Island, February 7-8, 1862, 13,000|
troops and 80 vessels, 3 divisions of soldiers under three US brigadiers, J. G.
Foster, Jessee L. Reno, and John G. Parks, all under the command of Gen.
Burnside. The naval force of sixteen gunboats was under the command
of Rear Admiral L. M. Goldsborough. These gunboats protected the armie's
flank while they were landing ashore, on Roanoke Island
and defeated the Confederate fleet of eight gunboats.
The piles and sunken vessels that was intended to
interrupt any attacking naval force had not been completed.