Federal forces seize an important base to be used as a staging area for future operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
The first Federal joint army-navy expedition of the war sets out to close one of North Carolina’s busiest ports.
The C.S.S. Sumter completes her first raid on U.S. shipping, Federals strengthen their blockade, and a Federal crew takes on Confederate privateers.
The Confederate cruiser Sumter runs the Federal blockade and begins her career as a commerce raider.
Confederate and U.S. officials work to develop strategies to wage war against each other on the waters.
The Confederacy turns to a new form of naval warfare, expels the last Federal troops from Texas, and continues its military buildup.