Important Naval Engagements of the Civil War
March, 1861--June, 1865

        Chronological  summary of important actions in which the Federal and Confederate navies were engaged, based on official records. Minor engagements are omitted; also joint operations where the army played the principal part.

1861
Mar.  
20 Sloop Isabella, with provisions, for the Federal Navy-Yard at Pensacola, seized at Mobile by request of Gen. Bragg.
Apr.  
17 Seizure of the U. S.. transport Star of the West, at Indianola, by Texas troops under Col. Van Dorn.
19 Ports of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas ordered blockaded by President Lincoln.
20-21 Gosport Navy-Yard, Norfolk, Va., abandoned by Union officers in charge, and seized by Virginia State troops.
27 Ports of Virginia and North Carolina included in the blockade.
May  
4 S. S. Star of the West made the receiving ship of the Confederate navy, New Orleans, La.
9 U. S. ships Quaker City, Harriet Lane, Young America, Cumberland, Monticello, and Yankee enforcing the blockade off Fort Monroe. --Steamers Philadelphia, Baltimore, Powhatan, and Mount Vernon armed by U. S. Government, and cruising on the Potomac.
13 Proclamation of neutrality issued by Queen Victoria, in which the subjects of Great Britain were forbidden to endeavor to break a blockade "lawfully and effectually established."
18 &19 Shots exchanged between U. S.. S. Freeborn and Monticello and the Confed. battery at Sewell's Point, Va --U. S. S. Harriet Lane arrives off Charleston
26 U. S. S. Brooklyn commenced the blockade of the Mississippi River - Blockade of Mobile, Ala., commenced by U. S. S. Powhatan.
28 U. S. S. Minnesota begins real blockade of Charleston. --Blockade of Savannah initiated by U. S. gunboat Union.
31 U. S. S. Freeborn, Anacostia, Pawnee, and Resolute attacked Confederate batteries at Aquia Creek, Va.
June  
27 Engagement between U. S. gunboats Freeborn and Reliance and Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Va., Commander Ward of the Freeborn killed.
July  
2 U. S. S. South Carolina begins blockade of Galveston.
4-7 U. S. S. South Carolina captures or destroys 10 vessels off Galveston.
7 "Infernal" machines detected floating in the Potomac.
19 Captain-General of Cuba liberated all the vessels brought into Cuban ports as prizes by Confederate cruiser Sumter.
24 Naval expedition from Fort Monroe to Back River, Va., by Lieut. Crosby and 300 men. Nine sloops and schooners of the Confederates burnt, and one schooner with bacon and corn captured.
28 Confederate privateer Petrel, formerly U. S.. revenue cutter Aiken, sunk by U. S. frigate St. Lawrence near Charleston.
Aug.  
22 The steamer Samuel Orr was seized at Paducah, Ky., by Confederates and taken up the Tennessee River.
26 Naval and military expedition to North Carolina coast sailed from Hampton Roads, Va., under command of Flag-Officer Stringham and Maj.-Gen. Butler.
28 & 29 Bombardment and capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark, at Hatteras Inlet, N. C.., 30 pieces of cannon, 1000 stand of arms, 3 vessels with valuable cargoes, and 750 prisoners were taken.
30 Capt. Foote ordered to the command of U. S. naval forces on the Western waters.
Sept.  
4 Engagement on the Mississippi River near Hickman, Ky., between U. S.. gunboats Tyler and Lexington and the Confederate gunboat Yankee and shore batteries.
14 An expedition from the U. S.. frigate Colorado, under Lieut.. J. H. Russell, destroyed the privateer Judah, under the Confederate guns at Pensacola.
16 A naval expedition from Hatteras Inlet, under command of Lieut.. J. Y. Maxwell, destroyed Fort Ocracoke, on Beacon Island, N. C..
17 Ship Island, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, occupied by Federal forces from the steamer Massachusetts.
Oct.  
1 U. S. steamer Fanny, with 35 men of the 9th N. Y. Volunteers, captured by the Confederates on the north shore of Hatteras Inlet.
4 Commander Alden, U. S. S. South Carolina, captured two schooners off the S. W. Pass of the Mississippi, with four to five thousand stands of arms.
5 Two boats from U. S. S. Louisiana, Lieut. A. Murray, destroyed a Confederate schooner, being fitted out for a privateer, at Chincoteague Inlet, Va.
12 Five Confederate gunboats, the ram Manassas, and a fleet of fireships attacked the U. S.. fleet at the passes of the Mississippi and were repulsed after considerable injury had been done to the U. S.. fleet.
26 Confederate. steamer Nashville, commanded by Lieut. R. B. Pegram escaped from Charleston, S. C..
28 Three Confederate vessels were surprised and burnt at Chincoteague Inlet, Va., by a portion of the crew of U. S.. gunboat Louisiana, under Lieut. A. Hopkins.
29 Federal expedition sailed from Fort Monroe, under the command of Flag Officer Samuel F. Du Pont, comprising 77 vessels of all classes. The land forces, numbering 20,000 men, were commanded by Brig.-Gen. Thos. W. Sherman.
Nov.  
1 A violent storm overtook the naval expedition off the N. C.. coast. 3 vessels were disabled and returned, 2 were driven ashore, and 2 foundered. 7 lives lost.
7 Federal fleet under Du Pont captured Forts Walker and Beauregard at Port Royal entrance, and took the town of Beaufort, S. C..
7 & 8 Two launches and 40 men, commanded by Lieut. Jas. E. Jouett, from the U. S. frigate Santee, off Galveston, Texas, surprised and cut out the Confederate. privateer Royal Yacht.
8 Capt. Chas. Wilkes, commanding U. S. screw sloop San Jacinto, removed by force Confederate Commissioners Jas. M. Mason and John Slidell from British mail steamer Trent.
18 U. S. gunboat Conestoga engaged Confederate batteries on the Tennessee River, and silenced them.
19 The ship Harvey Birch was captured and burnt in the English Channel by the Confederate steamer Nashville. --First flotilla of the "Stone Fleet" sailed for the South from Conn. and Mass.
24 Tybee Island, in Savannah Harbor, was occupied by U. S.. forces under Flag Officer Du Pont.
Dec.  
4 Proclamation of Gen. Phelps, attached to Gen. Butler's expedition, on occupation of Ship Island, Mississippi Sound.
17 Entrance to the harbor at Savannah, Ga. blocked by sinking 7 vessels laden with stone.
20 The main ship-channel at Charleston Harbor was obstructed by sinking 16 vessels of the "Stone Fleet."
31 Two boats under Acting-Masters A. Allen and H. L. Sturges from the U. S. S. Mount Vernon, destroyed a light- ship off Wilmington, N. C. which the Confederates had fitted up for a gunboat. -Capture of the town of Biloxi, Miss., by U. S. gunboats Lewis, Water Witch, and New London, with Federal forces from Ship Island.

1862
Jan.  
1 Confederate Commissioners Mason and Slidell left Boston for England via Provincetown, Mass., where the British war steamer Rinaldo received them.
12 Expedition sailed from Fort Monroe under command of Flag-Officer Goldsborough and Gen. Burnside for Albemarle Sound, N. C.
13 Steamship Constitution with the Maine 12th regiment, and the Bay State regiment, sailed from Boston for Ship Island, Miss. via Fort Monroe.
26 Second " Stone Fleet " was sunk in Maffitt's Channel, Charleston Harbor, S. C.
30 Second " Stone Fleet " was sunk in Maffitt's Channel, Charleston Harbor, S. C.
Feb.  
6 Unconditional surrender of Fort Henry to Flag-Officer Foote.
7-10 Lieut. Phelps, of Foote's flotilla, commanding the gunboats Conestoga, Tyler, and Lexington, captured Confederate gunboat Eastport and destroyed all the Confed. craft on the Tennessee River between Fort Henry and Florence, Ala.
10 Destruction of Confederate gunboats in the Pasquotank River, N. C., also of the Confederate battery at Cobb's Point, and the occupation of Elizabeth City by Federal forces from 14 gunboats' commanded by Commander Rowan.
14 Foote, with 6 gunboats' attacked Fort Donelson, but was repulsed, the flag-officer being severely wounded. Federal loss 60 in killed and wounded.
28 Confederate steamer Nashville ran the blockade of Beaufort, N. C., and reached the town.
Mar.  
1 U.S. gunboats Tyler, Lieut. Gwin, commanding, and Lexington, Lieut. Shirk, on an expedition up the Tennessee River, engaged and silenced a Confederate. battery at Pittsburg Landing, Tenn.
6 U. S. ironclad Monitor, Lieut. Worden, sailed from New York for Fort Monroe.
8 Destruction of the U. S. sloop-of-war Cumberland and the frigate Congress, in action with the Confederate ironclad Merrimac, in Hampton Roads, Va. 120 men were lost on the Cumberland, and 121 on the Congress.
9 Combat of the U. S. ironclad Monitor and the Confederate ironclad Merrimac, in Hampton Roads, Va.
11 Occupation of St. Augustine, Fla., by Federal naval forces.
12 Occupation of Jacksonville, Fla., by Federal forces from the U. S. gunboats Ottawa, Seneca, and Pembina, under command of Lieut. T. H. Stevens.
17 Federal gunboats and mortars, under Foote, began the investment of and attack on Island No. 10, on the Mississippi.
Apr.  
1 During a storm at night. Col. Roberts with 50 picked men of the 42nd Illinois, and as many seamen under First Master Johnston, of the gunboat St. Louis, surprised the Confederates at the upper battery of Island No. 10, and spiked 6 large guns.
4 Federal gunboat Carondelet ran past the Confederate. batteries at Island No. 10, at night, without damage, and arrived at New Madrid.
11 Confederate steamers Merrimac, Jamestown, and Yorktown, came down between Newport News and Sewells Point, on the Chesapeake, and captured 3 vessels.
14 Potomac flotilla ascended the Rappahannock River, destroying several batteries. Three vessels were captured. --Foote's mortar-boats opened fire on Fort Pillow on the Mississippi.
18-24 Bombardment of Forts Jackson and St. Philips on the Mississippi.
24 Federal fleet passed Forts Jackson and St. Philips destroying 13 Confederate gunboats the ram Manassas, and 3 transports.
25 New Orleans captured. Confederate batteries on both sides of the river destroyed.
28 Forts St. Philip and Jackson' La., surrendered; Forts Livingston and Pike abandoned, and the Confederate ironclad Louisiana blown up.
May
2 U. S. S. Brooklyn and several gunboats left New Orleans' ascending the Mississippi, to open the river and connect with the Western Flotilla.
8 Ironclad steamer Galena, assisted by the gunboats Aroostook and Port Royal, attacked and silenced two Confederate batteries a short distance from the mouth of the James River, Va.
9 Pensacola, Fla., evacuated by the Confederates after setting fire to forts, navy-yard, barracks, and marine hospital.
10 Federal gunboats in the Mississippi, under the command of Acting Flag- Officer Davis, were attacked above Fort Pillow by the Confederate River Defense fleet, which after a half-hour's contest, was forced to retire. The Federal gun- boats Cincinnati and Mound City were badly injured, and the Confederate vessels also were considerably cut up.
11 Confederate ironclad Merrimac was abandoned by her crew and blown up off Craney Island, Va.
13 Confederate armed steamer Planter run out of Charleston, S. C., by a negro crew, and surrendered to Comdr. Parrott, of the U. S. S. Augusta. -Natchez, Miss., surrendered to Iroquois, Comdr. J. S. Palmer.
15 Federal ironclad Monitory together with the Port Royal, Aroostook and the mailed gunboats Galena and E. A. Stevens, attacked Fort Darling, on Drewry's Bluff, 6 miles below Richmond, on the James River. The Galena was badly damaged, and lost 17 men killed and about 20 wounded. The large rifled gun of the E. A. Stevens burst.
June  
6 Engagement between the Federal gunboats and rams and the Confederate rams in front of Memphis, in which all of the latter but one were sunk or captured. 100 Confederate prisoners taken. Memphis occupied by Federals.
15 U. S. gunboats Tahoma and Somerset, Lieuts. Howell and English, crossed the bar of St. Mark's River, Fla., and destroyed a Confederate fort and barracks.
17 Federal expedition up the White River, when near St. Charles, was fired into from masked batteries, and the gunboat Mound City received a shot in her boiler which occasioned the destruction of 82 of her crew by scalding, 25 only escaping uninjured. The Confederate works were captured by the land forces under Col. Fitch, who took 80 prisoners.
26 Three Confederate gunboats burned on the Yazoo River by their officers, to prevent their capture by the Union ram-flotilla, Lieut.-Col. A. W. Ellet, then in pursuit of them.
28 Flag-Officer Farragut with nine vessels of his fleet ran by the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, through a severe fire, forming a junction with Western Flotilla July 1st.
29 Steamship Ann, of London, with a valuable cargo, captured by the U. S. steamer Kanawha, in Mobile Bay, under the guns of Fort Morgan.
July  
1 Porter's mortar flotilla engaged the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg, Miss.
2 Commencement of bombardment of Vicksburg, Miss., by the combined mortar fleets of Davis and Porter.
4 Confederate gunboat Teaser captured on James River by U. S. steamer Maratanza.
15 Confederate iron-clad ram Arkansas came down the Yazoo River and engaged the Federal gunboats Carondelet and Tyler, and ram Queen of the West. The ram succeeded in escaping to Vicksburg.
22 Confederate steamer Reliance captured by U. S. steamer Huntsville. -Unsuccessful attempt made to sink the Confederate ram Arkansas, at Vicksburg, by Lieut-Col. Ellet with the Union ram Queen of the West and ironclad Essex, Commander W. D. Porter.
29 Attack on Fort James, on the Ogeechee River, Ga. by Federal gunboats repulsed.
Aug.  
6 Destruction of Confederate ram Arkansas by her commander, Lieut. Stevens, at Baton Rouge, La. 16.-Lieut.-Comdr. Phelps with 3 gunboats and 4 rams, and the 58th and 76th Ohio in transports' left Helena, Ark., sailed down the Mississippi to Milliken's Bend, where they captured the steamer Fairplay, with arms &c. for 6000 men. Further captures made at Haynes' Bluff and at Richmond, La. and property destroyed.
Sept.  
5 Ship Ocmulgee burned at sea by Confederate cruiser Alabama.
17 U. S. gunboats Paul Jones, Cimarron, and 3 other vessels attacked Confederate batteries on St. John's River, Florida.
25 Sabine Pass, Texas' captured by U. S. steamer Kensington and schooner Rachel Seaman.
Oct.  
3 Confederate fortifications at St. John's Bluff' on St John's River, Fla., captured by 1500 Federals under Gen. Brannan assisted by 7 gunboats from Hilton Head S. C.--Fight on the Blackwater River near Franklin, Va. 3 Federal gunboats Commodore Perry, Hunchback, and Whitehead, under Lieut.-Comdr. Flusser engaged a large force of Confederates 6 hours.
4 Capture of the defenses of Galveston Texas after slight resistance by Federal mortar flotilla under Comdr. W. B. Renshaw.
Nov.  
4 Bark Sophia captured off N. C. coast by U. S. steamers Daylight and Mount Vernon.
18 British schooners Ariel and Ann Maria captured off Little Run, S. C., by U. S. gunboat Monticello.
Dec.  
12 U. S. gunboat Cairo sunk in the Yazoo River by a torpedo. The crew saved.
27 Engagement between the Benton and the Confederate battery at Drumgould's Bluff on the Yazoo. Lieut.Comdr. Gwin mortally wounded.
31 Ironclad Monitor, Commander Bankhead, foundered off Cape Hatteras, N. C.

1863
Jan.  
1 Galveston, Texas, with its garrison of 300 men, recaptured by Confederates under Gen. Magruder, and 2 steamers, Bayou City and Neptune. 6 Federal gunboats were in the harbor. The Harriet Lane was captured after a severe fight, in which Commander Wainwright was killed, and some of his crew. Federal flagship Westfield was blown up by Commander Renshaw, to avoid capture, by which he lost his life, with many of the crew.
11 U. S. S. Hatteras, Lieut. Comdr. H. C. Blake, sunk off Galveston, Tex., by Confed. steamer Alabama. 100 of the Federal crew captured.
14 Four Union gunboats under Lieut. Comdr. Buchanan, assisted by Gen. Weitzel's troops, engaged the Confederate iron-clad gunboat J. A. Cotton, which was aided by Confederate artillery, on the Bayou Teche, La. The Cotton was destroyed after several hours' combat. Lieut. Comdr. Buchanan was killed.
16 Confederate cruiser Florida escaped from Mobile.
27 First attack on Fort McAllister, Ga. 30.
30 U. S. gunboat Isaac Smith captured in Stono River, S. C.
31  
Feb.  
1 Second attack on Fort McAllister, Ga. Confederate commander, Maj. Gallie, killed. Federal vessels retire without loss.
2 Union ram Queen of the West ran by the Confed. batteries at Vicksburg, Miss.
14 Transport Era No. 5 captured by Federal ram Queen of the West, Col. Charles R. Ellet, near Fort Taylor, Red River. The Queen of the West, running aground near Gordon's Landing, Red River, fell a prize to the Confederates.
18 Mortar-boats opened fire on Vicksburg.
21 Union gunboats Freeborn and Dragon engaged a Confederate battery on the Rappahannock River, Va. Three Federals wounded.
24 Gunboat Indianola captured near Grand Gulf, Miss., by 4 Confederate steamers.
28 Destruction of Confederate steamer Nashville in Ogeechee River, near Fort McAllister, Ga., by monitor Montauk, Commander Worden.
Mar.  
14 Adml. Farragut, with 7 of his fleet, attacked the Confederate batteries at Port Hudson. The Hartford (flagship) and the Albatross passed the batteries and went up the river. The Mississippi was destroyed and part of her crew captured.
31 Adml. Farragut, with the Federal vessels Hartford, Switzerland, and Albatross, engaged the Confederate batteries at Grand Gulf, Miss., and passed them without serious loss.
Apr.  
1 Adml. Farragut's vessels proceeded to the mouth of the Red River.
2 U. S. gunboat St. Clair disabled by Confederates above Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River. She was rescued by the steamer Luminary.
7 Attack on Fort Sumter, Charleston, S. C., by 9 Federal ironclads under Rear Adml. Du Pont.
14 Destruction of Confederate ram Queen of the West, in Berwick Bay, La., by U. S. gunboat Estrella and others. 90 Confederates captured, and 80 lost.
16 Adml. Porter's fleet of 8 gunboats and several transports ran past the Vicksburg batteries, losing only I transport and no men.
22 Six transports and 12 barges passed the Confed. batteries at Vicksburg.
26 Confederate shore batteries at Duck River shoals, Tennessee River, silenced by gunboats.  25 Confederates killed and wounded.
29 Bombardment of Grand Gulf, Miss,, by Porter's fleet. Confederate works greatly damaged. Fleet considerably injured.
May  
3 Confederate batteries at Grand Gulf, Miss., evacuated by the Confederates, and taken possession of by Adml. Porter.
27 Sinking of the U. S. gunboat Cincinnati by Confederate batteries at Vicksburg. 35 of her crew killed and wounded.
June  
3 Simsport, La., attacked by Federal gunboats.
10 & 11 Attack on Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, by Federal gunboats and troops.
17 Capture of Confederate. iron-clad ram Atlanta, by monitor Weehawken, in Wassaw Sound, Ga. 180 prisoners taken.
22 & 23 Seven fishing vessels captured off Martha's Vineyard, Mass., by Confederate captured bark Tacony, Lieut. C. W. Read.
July  
13 U. S. gunboat Baron DeKalb sunk by Confederate torpedo in Yazoo River, Miss.
Aug.  
21 U. S. brig. Bainbridge foundered. Only 1 man saved.
23 U. S. gunboats Satellite and Reliance captured by Confederates at the mouth of the Rappahannock, Va.
Sept.  
2 Unsuccessful attempt to destroy by Union force, gunboats Satellite and Reliance, captured by the Confederates.
8 & 9 An assault made on Fort Sumter by 400 men in 20 boats from the Federal fleet, under Commander T. H. Stevens. The sailors were defeated with the loss of 124.
8 U. S. gunboats Clifton and Sachem, attached to an expedition under Gen. Franklin, grounded on the bar at Sabine Pass, Texas, and were captured by the Confederates.
Oct.  
5 Confederates attempt to destroy the New Ironsides with the torpedo-boat David.
26 to Nov. 10 Bombardment of Fort Sumter.
30 Heavy bombardment of Charleston, S. C.
Nov.  
2 Unsuccessful attempt upon Sumter by a boat expedition.
Dec.  
5 Fight between the U. S. gunboat Marblehead and Confederate. batteries on Stono River, S. C. Confederates defeated.
6 Monitor Weehawken founders in Charleston Harbor. Over 30 lives lost.

1864
Feb.  
2 Capture and destruction, of U. S. S. Underwriter, Actg. Master Westervelt, by Confederate. attack under Comdr. J. T. Wood, in Neuse River, N. C.
18 Federal sloop-of-war Housatonic sunk off Charleston, S. C., by Confederate. submarine torpedo-boat H. L. Hunley.
16-29 Bombardment of Fort Powell, Ala., by Adml. Farragut.
Mar.  
6 U. S. gunboat Peterkoff sunk by collision off Wilmington, N. C.
11-15 A naval expedition from Brashear City captures camp, arms, and flag on Atchafalaya River, La.
Apr.  
1 U. S. Army stmr. Maple Leaf blown up by torpedo in St. John's River, Fla.
5 Fight between gunboats and guerrillas at Hickman, Ky.
12 Adml. Porter's Red River fleet attacked at Blair's Plantation by 2000 Confederate. infantry on shore, who are beaten off.
14 Gunboat expedition from Butler's army captures prisoners and stores at Smithfield, Va.
19 Attack on Federal vessels under Lieut.Comdr. C. W. Flusser by Confederate ram Albemarle, Comdr. J. W. Cooke, at Plymouth, N. C.; sinking of U. S. S Southfield and death of Flusser.
23 U. S. gunboat Petrel captured by Confederates on the Yazoo River.
25 Confederates in strong force attacked 3 of Adml. Porter's gunboats on the Red River.
May  
6 U. S. gunboat Commodore Jones blown up by Confederate torpedo in James River.
13 Adml. Porter's fleet above Alexandria Falls released by Col. Bailey's dam.
June  
3 Capture of U. S. S. Water Witch, Lieut.Comdr. Austin Pendergrast by boat expedition under Lieut. J. P. Pelot, C.S.N., in Ossabaw Sound, Ga., Lieut. Pelot killed.
19 The Confederate cruiser Alabama, Capt. Semmes, was sunk off the harbor of Cherbourg, France, by U. S. sloop-of-war Kearsarge, Capt. Winslow. 70 of the Confederate crew were taken on board the Kearsarge, and 115 reached England and France. 3 persons only were wounded on the Kearsarge.
Aug.  
5 Great battle at the entrance of Mobile Bay. The Confederate. ram Tennessee captured after one of the fiercest naval battles on record. In the night the Confederates evacuated and blew up Fort Powell. The monitor Tecumseh was blown up by a Confederate torpedo.
6 Adml. Farragut shelled Fort Gaines, Mobile Bay.
8 Surrender of Fort Gaines, Mobile Bay, to Adml. Farragut and Gen. Granger.
23 Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, surrendered unconditionally. By its surrender, Federals captured 200 prisoners and 60 pieces of artillery.
Oct.  
7 Confederate cruiser Florida captured at Bahia, Bay of San Salvador, Brazil, by U. S. S. Wachusett, Commander Collins.
27 The Confederate ram Albemarle sunk by Lieut. Cushing, in the Roanoke River.
31 Capture of Confederate batteries and their ordnance and ordnance stores at Plymouth, N.C.
Nov.  
11 U. S. S. Tulip destroyed by boiler explosion off Ragged Point, Va. 49 officers and men killed (all of crew but 10).
Dec.  
9 The gunboat Otsego sunk by a Confederate torpedo in the Roanoke River.
22 Loss of the U. S. transport North American by foundering at sea. 194 lives lost.
24 Furious attack on Fort Fisher, N. C., by the fleet of Adml. Porter.
25 Attack on Fort Fisher renewed. Three brigades of Union infantry landed two and a half miles above the fort. They were repulsed, and reembarked.
26 Ensign Blume cuts out and takes from Galveston Harbor the blockade-running schooner Belle.

1865
Jan.  
15 Grand assault on Fort Fisher, which was captured with entire garrison. Union loss 110 killed, 536 wounded. Confederate Loss 2500 prisoners, 72 guns.
15 U. S. monitor Patapsco sunk by a Confederate torpedo in Charleston Harbor. 60 of the officers and crew were lost.
23 & 24 Confederate ironclads attempt descent of the James, and are driven back.
26 Steamer Eclipse explodes on the Tennessee River, killing 140 persons.
Feb.  
4 Lieut. Cushing with 4 boats and 50 men takes possession of All Saints Parish, on Little River, S. C., capturing a large amount of cotton.
18 Charleston occupied by Union forces.
Mar.  
4 U. S. transport steamer Thorne blown up by a torpedo in Cape Fear River.
28 & 29 U. S. monitors Milwaukee and Osage sunk by torpedoes in Mobile Bay.
Apr.  
8 Spanish Fort, Mobile, bombarded. The Confederates evacuate at night.
12 Mobile occupied by Union forces.
14 Anniversary of the capture of Fort Sumter celebrated, by imposing ceremonies at the fort, and replacing the flag by Gen. Anderson.
22 Mississippi Squadron flagship Black Hawk burnt at Mound City.
24 Confederate ram Webb escapes past the Union fleet on the Red River; is run ashore below New Orleans, deserted, and blown up.
May  
4 Surrender by Com. E. Farrand, C. S. N., of vessels under his command to Acting Rear-Adml. Thatcher, commanding West Gulf Squadron, agreed upon.
19 Surrender of the Confederate ram Stonewall to Spanish authorities in Cuba.
25 Forts Mannahasset and Griffin, and the defenses of Sabine Pass, occupied by Acting Rear-Adml. Thatcher.
June  
3 The Confederate ironclad Missouri, in Red River, surrenders to Lieut.-Comdr. W. E. Fitzhugh.
Source: "The Photographic History of the Civil War", Volume 6, The Navies

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