took command of the North Atlantic
, guarding the coast of Virginia
and North Carolina
, while Flag-Officer Du Pont
was assigned to the South Atlantic
, guarding the coasts of South Carolina
, and Florida
The Gulf Squadron also was divided: Flag-Officer McKean
took command of the East Gulf
from Cape Canaveral
, and Flag-Officer Farragut
was assigned to the command of the West Gulf
When Port Royal
was taken by Du Pont
had captured New Orleans, the navy had not only established bases but had entered wedges into the very vitals of the Confederacy
After holding the command of the North Atlantic Squadron for little short of a year, Admiral Goldsborough
was relieved by Admiral Lee
, who was, two years later, relieved in turn by Admiral Porter
The latter's command was brief but full of stirring events and brilliant deeds.
The Confederacy, though tottering, was fighting tenaciously.
Brave old Fort Sumter
in Charleston Harbor
was still unsurrendered, and the land forces of the South
held a few strong positions on the Atlantic coast
, but the navy and the army of the United States, acting in cooperation, soon had possession of every port and sea-coast battery, Fort Fisher
being the last to fall, on January 15, 1865.
In July of 1863, Admiral Du Pont
had been relieved by Admiral Dahlgren
, who hauled down his flag two years later at Washington
In the East Gulf
, the command fell successively on Admirals Lardner
, and Stribling
In the West Gulf
retained command until after the capture of Mobile Bay
, in 1864, when Admiral Thatcher
The monotony of this continual and watchful existence was broken by the frequent chasing and occasional capture of blockade-runners.
The log-books of this adventurous fleet of marine speculators would make chapters as full of interest as any in naval history.
But it would be interest of the kind one finds in fiction.
It was one series of deliberated, challenging dangers and hairbreadth escapes to freedom.