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Closing operations in the James River. by Professor James Russell Soley, U. S. N. On the 31st of August, 1862, the James River flotilla, under Captain Charles WJames River flotilla, under Captain Charles Wilkes, was disbanded, the withdrawal of McClellan from the Peninsula having rendered its further continuance unnecessary. For a long time thereafter the greater par
un-boats of the North Atlantic squadron.
The most striking operation in the James River and adjacent waters in 1863 was the defense of the Nansemond, April 12-26.
of inaction it was decided in August, 1863, to make a reconnoissance up the James River.
The force consisted of the monitor Sangamon, the ferry-boat Commodore Barn ic squadron still in Hampton Roads, and without so much as a foothold in the James River.
Early in the year two joint expeditions of the army and the navy were made s main object, and retired without gaining any substantial advantage.
The James River campaign opened in May with the landing of the army at City Point and Bermud