July 28, 1861.
Confederate privateer Petrel, formerly U. S. revenue cutter Aiken, sunk by U. S. frigate St. Lawrence near Charleston.
August 22, 1861.
The steamer Samuel Orr was seized at Paducah, Ky., by Confederates, and taken up the Tennessee River.
August 26, 1861.
Naval and military expedition to North Carolina coast sailed from Hampton Roads, Va., under command of Flag-Officer Stringham and Maj.-Gen. Butler.
August 28-29, 1861.
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.
August 30, 1861.
Capt. Foote ordered to the command of U. S. naval forces on the Western waters.
September 4, 1861.
Engagement on the Mississippi River near Hickman, Ky., between U. S. gunboats Tyler and Lexington and the Confed. gunboat Yankee and shore batteries.
September 14, 1861.
An expedition from the U. S. frigate Colorado, under Lieut. J. H. Russell, destroyed the privateer Judah, under the Confed. guns at Pensacola.
September 16, 1861.
A naval expedition from Hatteras Inlet, under command of Lieut. J. Y. Maxwell, destroyed Fort Ocracoke, on Beacon Island, N. C.
September 17, 1861.
Ship Island, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, occupied by Federal forces from the steamer Massachusetts.
October 1, 1861.
U. S. steamer Fanny, with 35 men of the 9th N. Y. Volunteers, captured by the Confederates on the north shore of Hatteras Inlet.
October 4, 1861.
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.
October 5, 1861.
Two boats from U. S. S. Louisiana, Lieut. A. Murray, destroyed a Confed. schooner, being fitted out for a privateer, at Chincoteague Inlet, Va.
October 12, 1861.
Five Confed. 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.
October 26, 1861.
Confed. steamer Nashville, commanded by Lieut. R. B. Pegram, escaped from Charleston, S. C.
October 28, 1861.
Three Confed. vessels were surprised and burnt at Chincoteague Inlet, Va., by a portion of the crew of U. S. gunboat Louisiana, under Lieut. A. Hopkins.
October 29, 1861.
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.
November 1, 1861.
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.
November 7, 1861.
Federal fleet under Du Pont captured Forts Walker and Beauregard at Port Royal entrance, and took the town of Beaufort, S. C.
November 7-8, 1861.
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 Confed. privateer Royal Yacht.
November 8, 1861.
Capt. Chas. Wilkes, commanding U. S. screw sloop San Jacinto, removed by force Confed. Commissioners Jas. M. Mason and John Slidell from British mail steamer Trent.
November 18, 1861.
U. S. gunboat Conestoga engaged Confed. batteries on the Tennessee River, and silenced them.
November 19, 1861.
The ship Harvey Birch was captured and burnt in the English Channel by the Confed. steamer Nashville.
First flotilla of the “tone Fleet” sailed for the South, from Conn. and Mass.
November 24, 1861.
Tybee Island, in Savannah Harbor, was occupied by U. S. forces under Flag-Officer Du Pont.