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December, 1861.


December 4, 1861.


Proclamation of Gen. Phelps, attached to Gen. Butler's expedition, on occupation of Ship Island, Mississippi Sound.


December 17, 1861.


Entrance to the harbor at Savannah, Ga., blocked by sinking 7 vessels laden with stone.


December 20, 1861.


The main ship-channel at Charleston Harbor was obstructed by sinking 16 vessels of the “Stone fleet.”


December 31, 1861.


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.

January, 1862.


January 1, 1862.


Confed. Commissioners Mason and Slidell left Boston for England via Provincetown, Mass., where the British war steamer Rinaldo received them.


January 12, 1862.


Expedition sailed from Fort Monroe under command of Flag-Officer Golds-borough and Gen. Burnside, for Albemarle Sound, N. C.


January 13, 1862.


Steamship Constitution with the Maine 12th regiment, and the Bay State regiment, sailed from Boston for Ship Island, Miss., via Fort Monroe.


January 26, 1862.


Second “Stone fleet” was sunk in Maffitt's Channel, Charleston Harbor, S. C.


January 30, 1862.


Ironclad >Monitor was launched at Greenpoint, N. Y.

February, 1862.


February 6, 1862.


Unconditional surrender of Fort Henry to Flag-Officer Foote.


February 7-10, 1862.


Lieut. Phelps, of Foote's flotilla, commanding the gunboats Conestoga, Tyler and Lexington, captured Confed. gunboat Eastport and destroyed all the Confed. craft on the Tennessee River between Fort Henry and Florence, Ala.


February 10, 1862.


Destruction of Confed. gunboats in the Pasquotank River, N. C., also of the Confed. battery at Cobb's Point, and the occupation of Elizabeth City by Federal forces from 14 gunboats, commanded by Commander Rowan.


February 14, 1862.


Foote, with 6 gunboats, attacked Fort Donelson, but was repulsed, the flag-officer being severely wounded. Federal loss 60 in killed and wounded.


February 28, 1862.


Confed. steamer Nashville ran the blockade of Beaufort, N. C., and reached the town.

March, 1862.


March 1, 1862.


U. S. gunboats Tyler, Lieut. Gwin, commanding, and Lexington, Lieut. Shirk, on an expedition up the Tennessee River, engaged and silenced a Confed. battery at Pittsburg Landing, Tenn.


March 6, 1862.


U. S. ironclad Monitor, Lieut. Worden, sailed from New York for Fort Monroe.


March 8, 1862.


Destruction of the U. S. sloop-of-war Cumberland and the frigate Congress, in action with the Confed. ironclad Merrimac, in Hampton Roads, Va. 120 men were lost on the Cumberland, and 121 on the Congress.


March 9, 1862.


Combat of the U. S. ironclad Monitor and the Confed. ironclad Merrimac, in Hampton Roads, Va.


March 11, 1862.


Occupation of St. Augustine, Fla., by Federal naval forces.


March 12, 1862.


Occupation of Jacksonville, Fla., by Federal forces from the U. S. gunboats Ottawa, Seneca, and Pembina, under command of Lieut. T. H. Stevens.


March 17, 1862.


Federal gunboats and mortars, under Foote, began the investment of and attack on Island No.10, on the Mississippi.

April, 1862.


April 1, 1862.


During a storm at night, Col. Roberts with 50 picked men of the 42d 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.


April 4, 1862.


Federal gunboat Carondelet ran past the Confed. batteries at Island No.10, at night, without damage, and arrived at New Madrid.


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