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Why was the battle of Elizabeth City so important to the Civil War?

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2008-11-29 19:17:36

The battle of Elizabeth City effectively denied the Confederacy

the use of the Dismal Swamp Canal for the remainder of the war. The

Dismal Swamp and the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canals were the

back door to Norfolk. With Hampton Roads in the possession of the

Union, they offered the only water routes to Norfolk. Burnside's

taking of Roanoke Island 2 days earlier also allowed the Union

fleet to threaten Suffolk, where the railroad lines serving Norfolk

ran. Within 3 months of losing these strategic locations, Norfolk

was abandoned by the Confederates. rblong@coastalnet.com


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