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Operation: Big Sandy Region, WV August 1, 1861 - March 17, 1862 Operations: Fredericktown, MO October 12 - 25, 1861 Skirmish: Fredericktown, MO October 17, 1861 Operation: Ironton, MO October 12 - 25, 1861 Reconnaissance on: Mississippi River October 12 - 18, 1861 Operation: Tennessee River July 1 - November 19, 1861
(Source: Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Vol. I, p. 660-991. Frederick H. Dyer.)
Flag Officer Du Pont wrote: "There is no question that Port Royal is the most important point to strike, and the most desirable to have first and hold . . . Port Royal alone admits the large ships--and gives us such a naval position on the sea coast as our Army is holding across the Potomac." Subsequently, the strategic importance of Port Royal to the Union Navy and the blockade substantiated this judgment.(Source: Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. pp. I:1-41; II:1-117; III:1-170; IV:1-152; V:1-134. 1971: Naval History Division, Navy Department.)
Confederate privateer Sallie, commanded by Master Henry S. Lebby, captured American brig Betsey Ames opposite the Bahama Banks with cargo including machinery.