interruption as late as the end of July, 1861, and perhaps later.
were at this time-off Charleston
, and the Jamestown
and Flag off Savannah
These vessels, though hardly fitted for the work, nevertheless made the blockade legally efficient at the main entrances of these two ports.
But the intermediate points, on the coast of South Carolina
, and the whole inland passage, as far south as Fernandina
, were entirely without a blockade of any kind.
The increase of the blockading forces, and the gradual extension of the blockade, led to a division of the duties of the station.
The North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, including the coast of Virginia
and North Carolina
, was assigned to Flag-Officer Goldsborough
, who assumed command on September 23. Flag-Officer Dupont
was appointed to the South Atlantic Squadron, from the northern boundary of South Carolina
to Cape Florida
, and hoisted his flag in the Wabash
on October 29.
remained in command just a year.
He was relieved September 5, 1862, by Acting Rear-Admiral Lee
, who retained the squadron for two years. The later blockade of Wilmington
was brought to a remarkable state of efficiency, through the untiring efforts and zeal of the officers of the squadron.
In the last year of the war, when the expedition against Fort Fisher
was decided on, the command of the North
Atlantic Station was offered to Farragut
, and, upon his declining it, Porter
entered upon his duties October 12, 1864, and Lee
was transferred to the Mississippi
The first step in the conversion of the blockade of the North Atlantic
coast into a military occupation was the capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet, by Stringham
, with a small body of troops under General Butler
, August 29, 1861.
This was followed, in February, 1862, by the expedition of