July 15, 1862.
Confed. 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.
July 22, 1862.
Confed. steamer Reliance captured by U. S. steamer Huntsville.
Unsuccessful attempt made to sink the Confed. ram Arkansas, at Vicksburg, by Lieut-Col. Ellet, with the Union ram Queen of the West and ironclad Essex, Commander W. D. Porter.
July 29, 1862.
Attack on Fort James, on the Ogeechee River, Ga., by Federal gunboats repulsed.
August 6, 1862.
Destruction of Confed. ram Arkansas by her commander, Lieut. Stevens, at Baton Rouge, La.
August 16, 1862.
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.
September 5, 1862.
Ship Ocmulgee burned at sea by Confed. cruiser Alabama.
September 17, 1862.
U. S. gunboats Paul Jones, Cimarron, and 3 other vessels attacked Confed. batteries on St. John's River, Florida.
September 25, 1862.
Sabine Pass, Texas, captured by U. S. steamer Kensington and schooner Rachel Seaman.
October 3, 1862.
Confed. 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.
October 4, 1862.
Capture of the defenses of Galveston, Texas, after slight resistance by Federal mortar flotilla under Comdr. W. B. Renshaw.
November 4, 1862.
Bark Sophia captured off N. C. coast by U. S. steamers Daylight and Mount Vernon.
November 18, 1862.
British schooners Ariel and Ann Maria captured off Little Run, S. C., by U. S. gunboat Monticello.
December 12, 1862.
U. S. gunboat Cairo sunk in the Yazoo River by a torpedo. The crew saved.
December 27, 1862.
Engagement between the Benton and the Confed. battery at Drumgould's Bluff on the Yazoo. Lieut.-Comdr. Gwin mortally wounded.
December 31, 1862.
Ironclad Monitor, Commander Bankhead, foundered off Cape Hatteras, N. C.
January 1, 1863.
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.
January 11, 1863.
U. S. S. Hatteras, Lieut.-Comdr. H. C. Blake, sunk off Galveston, Tex., by Confed. steamer Alabama. 100 of the Federal crew captured.
January 14, 1863.
Four Union gunboats under Lieut.-Comdr. Buchanan, assisted by Gen. Weitzel's troops, engaged the Confed. iron-clad gunboat J. A. Cotton, which was aided by Confed. artillery, on the Bayou Teche, La. The Cotton was destroyed after several hours' combat. Lieut.-Comdr. Buchanan was killed.
January 16, 1863.
Confed. cruiser Florida escaped from Mobile.
January 27, 1863.
First attack on Fort McAllister, Ga.
January 30, 1863.
U. S. gunboat Isaac Smith captured in Stono River, S. C.