A slave hands over a Confederate vessel to the Federal blockade fleet off South Carolina, along with key information about Confederate positions around Charleston.
Federal naval forces make gains in December by capturing various blockade runners and seizing forts along the coast.
After struggling through a horrific storm on the Atlantic, the Federal naval squadron attacks and captures a vital Confederate port.
A massive Federal armada begins arriving off Port Royal, S.C., with plans to bombard the forts guarding the port into submission.
A massive Federal army-navy expedition leaves Hampton Roads to capture Port Royal, South Carolina, between Charleston and Savannah.
Confederate and U.S. officials work to develop strategies to wage war against each other on the waters.