Thursday, October 17, 1861

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Army Events:

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.)


Naval Events:

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.

Confederate privateer Sallie, commanded by Master Henry S. Lebby, captured American brig Betsey Ames opposite the Bahama Banks with cargo including machinery.

(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.)





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