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April 11, 1862.


Confed. steamers Merrimac, Jamestown, and Yorktown, came down between Newport News and Sewell's Point, on the Chesapeake, and captured 3 vessels.


April 14, 1862.


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.


April 18-24, 1862.


Bombardment of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, on the Mississippi.


April 24, 1862.


Federal fleet passed Forts Jackson and St. Philip, destroying 13 Confed. gunboats, the ram Manassas, and 3 transports.


April 25, 1862.


New Orleans captured. Confed. batteries on both sides of the river destroyed.


April 28, 1862.


Forts St. Philip and Jackson, La., surrendered; Forts Livingston and Pike abandoned, and the Confed. ironclad Louisiana blown up.

May, 1862.


May 2, 1862.


U. S. S. Brooklyn and several gunboats left New Orleans, ascending the Mississippi, to open the river and connect with the Western Flotilla.


May 8, 1862.


Ironclad steamer Galena, assisted by the gunboats Aroostook and Port Royal, attacked and silenced two Confed. batteries a short distance from the mouth of the James River, Va.


May 9, 1862.


Pensacola, Fla., evacuated by the Confederates after setting fire to forts, navyyard, barracks, and marine hospital.


May 10, 1862.


Federal gunboats in the Mississippi, under the command of Acting Flag-Officer Davis, were attacked above Fort Pillow by the Confed. River Defense fleet, which after a half-hour's contest, was forced to retire. The Federal gunboats Cincinnati and Mound City were badly injured, and the Confed. vessels also were considerably cut up.


May 11, 1862.


Confed. ironclad Merrimac was abandoned by her crew and blown up off Craney Island, Va.


May 13, 1862.


Confed. 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.


May 15, 1862.


Federal ironclad Monitor, 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, 1862.


June 6, 1862.


Engagement between the Federal gunboats and rams and the Confed. rams in front of Memphis, in which all of the latter but one were sunk or captured. 100 Confed. prisoners taken. Memphis occupied by Federals.


June 15, 1862.


U. S. gunboats Tahoma and Somerset, Lieuts. Howell and English, crossed the bar of St. Mark's River, Fla., and destroyed a Confed. Fort and barracks.


June 17, 1862.


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 Confed. works were captured by the land forces under Col. Fitch, who took 30 prisoners.


June 26, 1862.


Three Confed. gunboats burned on the Yazoo River by their officers, to prevent their capture by the Union ramflotilla, Lieut.-Col. A. W. Ellet, then in pursuit of them.


June 28, 1862.


Flag-Officer Farragut with nine vessels of his fleet ran by the Confed. batteries at Vicksburg, through a severe fire, forming a junction with Western Flotilla on July 1st.


June 29, 1862.


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, 1862.


July 1, 1862.


Porter's mortar flotilla engaged the Confed. batteries at Vicksburg, Miss.


July 2, 1862.


Commencement of bombardment of Vicksburg, Miss., by the combined mortar fleets of Davis and Porter.


July 4, 1862.


Confed. gunboat Teaser captured on James River by U. S. steamer Maratanza.


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