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Civil War Naval Operations and Engagements


Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor

The bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor 12 and 13 April 1861, originally printed in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1861 (NH 73745). 

Hatteras Inlet

August 1861

On 28 August 1861, a squadron of U.S. Navy ships under the command of Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham attacked the Confederate-held forts at Hatteras Inlet in North Carolina. The naval attack quickly overwhelmed the Confederate garrison at Fort Clark, and then Fort Hatteras. An amphibious contingent from the U.S. Army under the command of Major General Benjamin F. Butler aided in the capture of both forts.



Port Royal

November 1861

On 7 November 1861, Flag Officer Samuel F. DuPont, U.S. Navy, began his bombardment of the Confederate-held forts at Port Royal. Confederate naval officer Josiah Tatnall and his small fleet offered little opposition to this confrontation. Although Federal forces were unable to launch an amphibious attack due to complications caused by bad weather, the Confederate garrisons retreated inland within hours after the U.S. Navy squadron began firing upon them.


Published: Wed Aug 17 11:26:00 EDT 2022