Confederate and U.S. officials work to develop strategies to wage war against each other on the waters.
July 6, 1863 – Federal army-navy forces stepped up efforts to capture the vital port of Charleston, South Carolina, by focusing on the Confederate batteries
April 7, 1863 – Federal ironclads launched a doomed attack on the Confederate forts guarding Charleston Harbor. The Lincoln administration had pressured Rear Admiral Samuel
February 18, 1863 – General P.G.T. Beauregard, commanding the Confederate defenses in South Carolina and Georgia, issued a proclamation warning citizens that a Federal attack
January 31, 1863 – Two new Confederate ironclad rams attempted to break the Federal blockade of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, by attacking a portion of