||On August 26, an amphibious expedition led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler and Flag-Officer Silas
Stringham, embarked from Fort Monroe to capture Hatteras Inlet, an important haven for blockade-runners. On
the 28th, while the navy bombarded Forts Clark and Hatteras, Union troops came ashore and attacked the rear of
the Confederate batteries. On August 29, Col. William F. Martin surrendered the Confederate garrison of 670.
The Federals lost only one man. Butler returned to Fort Monroe, leaving the captured forts garrisoned. This
movement was part of Union efforts to seize coastal enclaves from which to enforce the blockade.