Confederate batteries along the James River take on a Federal fleet approaching in an effort to capture Richmond from the water.
Confederates are forced to destroy their fearsome ironclad to prevent capture. This paves the way for Federals to advance up the James River to threaten Richmond.
April 7, 1863 – Federal ironclads launched a doomed attack on the Confederate forts guarding Charleston Harbor. The Lincoln administration had pressured Rear Admiral Samuel