The Confederate cruiser Sumter runs the Federal blockade and begins her career as a commerce raider.
An officer is assigned to protect Washington from secessionists, and a controversial letter from Winfield Scott becomes public.
August 5, 1864 – Federal naval forces under Rear Admiral David G. Farragut won a sensational victory that closed a vital Confederate seaport to shipping
January 11, 1863 – The famed Confederate commerce raider C.S.S. Alabama engaged Federal warships trying to reinstate the blockade of Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico.