Rainbow Banks (also called Rainbow Bend and Rainbow Bluff) near Hamilton, N.C. was an ideal location for a Confederate earthen fortification. The bluff— about 70 feet above a bend in the Roanoke River two miles below Hamilton and about 60 miles from the mouth of the Roanoke near Plymouth—provided a clear view in both directions. Its height protected Confederates from the fire of approaching Union gunboats as well as offering an exceptional position of attack.
The earthworks at Rainbow Banks would become the cornerstone of the entire Roanoke Valley’s defense and serve several important purposes:
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