Naval Event - non-combat

Off Waties Island - The U.S.S. Victoria Captures a Small Sloop

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
13 October 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. Victoria
Forces Engaged: 
- Unidentified Sloop
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Result: 
The sloop was towed to the Union fleet at Smith Island

Acting Volunteer Lieutenant John MacDiarmid commanding the U.S.S. Victoria reported that at "6 a.m.

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 9: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (May 5, 1863 - May 5, 1864), 239. http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1865/january/saltville-virginia.htm, accessed November 17, 2011. Acting Volunteer Lieutenant MacDiarmid provided a report a brief first-hand account of the event.

Cherry Grove Beach area - Steamer Victoria and Schooner William Bacon Capture the English Steamer Nicolai I

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
21 March 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. steamer Victoria under Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Hooker
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. schooner William Bacon under Acting Master Rogers
Forces Engaged: 
- English schooner Nicolia I
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. Hooker
Result: 
The English steamer Nicolai I was taken as a prize

Senior Officer Captain Boggs commanding the U.S.S. Sacramento reported that "the English steamer Nicolai I, was captured on the morning of the 21st by the steamer Victoria and [the] schooner William Bacon near Little River Inlet," after being driven to port by the blockade squadron.1 The Nicolai I's papers were all "thrown overboard except her register" and her cargo consisted of "dry goods and munitions of war, and valued in London at about L100,000."1

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 619. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 24, 2011. Captain Boggs provided a brief report on the engagement, and listed the cargo on board.

2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 620. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 24, 2011. Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Hooker provided a brief but detail account of the event including the course and plan of the Nicolai I as well as a description of her.

3. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 619-620. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 24, 2011. Acting Master Rogers provided a detailed report of the engagement including the U. S William Bacon's initial position.

4. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 621. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 24, 2011. Rear-Admiral Lee reported on the capture of the Nicolai I on March 30th. His report gave a similar overview to the report provided by Acting Master Rogers. Lee's report also provided details of the action that took place on board and the treatment of the prize.

Waties Island and Little River Neck - Union Boat Crew Captured

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
3 March 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Matthew Vassar under Acting Master Savage
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. Minnesota under Acting Master's Mate Drain
Forces Engaged: 
- C.S. Captain Galloway commanding the Coast Guard
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
U. S. Acting Master H. H. Savage
Result: 
Union boat crew was captured

Acting Master Savage commanding the U.S.

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 584-585. http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1865/january/saltville-virginia.htm, accessed November 17, 2011. Acting Master Savage provided a detailed account of the event including location and the names of the men involved.

2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 585. http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1865/january/saltville-virginia.htm, accessed November 17, 2011. Acting Master's Mate Drain provided a first hand account of the event with details including specific locations and background information.

3. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 600-601. http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1865/january/saltville-virginia.htm, accessed November 17, 2011. Captain Sands' report provided a first-hand detailed account of the event received from one of the crew members who escaped. This source relieves the true reason the boat  landed instead of returning to the Matthew Vassar.

4. "Capture of a Boat from the Blodkaders." The Camden Confederate, Friday, March 13, 1863.  Library of Congress, 19th Century U. S. Newspapers. http://infotrac.galegroup.com,  accessed 23 August 2011.

Near Gause's Swash - U.S.S. State of Georgia captures British schooner Annie

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
24 February 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. State of Georgia
Forces Engaged: 
- British schooner Annie
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Result: 
The British schooner Annie was seized as a prize by the U.S.S. State of Georgia

Commander James F. Armstrong commanding the U.S.S. State of Georgia reported that while on "passage from Port Royal, S.C., to Wilmington, N.C., and when in latitude 33o 42' N., longitude 78o 40' W., and about 10 miles southwest from Little River Inlet, a sail was seen to the northwest."Armstrong immediately gave chase and hoisted his colors.

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 569. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011. Commander James F. Armstrong provided a detailed report of the engagement including specific coordinates and the identification of the enemy schooner.

Village of Little River - Union forces Take Village of Little River

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
4 February 1865
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. Monticello
Forces Engaged: 
- Confederate Soldiers
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Result: 
Union force held the town in Little River and destroyed $15,000 worth of cotton

On February 4th, 1863 Lieutenant Cushing commanding the U.S.S. Monticello led an expedition up Little River at night.

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 12: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (February 2, 1865 - August 3, 1865); South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 29, 1861 - May 13, 1862), 5-6.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed, 13 September 2011. Lieutenant Cushing provided a brief but detailed account of the expedition including the estimated damages inflicted. The report goes on to tell of an expedition up Shallotte Inlet as well.

Little River Inlet Bar - U.S. Matthew Vassar and Victoria vs. Confederate Hero (or Arrow) or State of Georgia

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
24 February 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Schooner Matthew Vassar under Acting Master Savage
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. Victoria under Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Hooker
Forces Engaged: 
- C.S. Side-Wheel Steamer, the Hero (or Arrow) or State of Georgia
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. Hooker
Principal Commander: 
U. S. Acting Master H. H. Savage
Result: 
Undetermined

Acting Master Savage commanding the U.S Matthew Vassar reported that at 11:00 p.m.

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 568. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011. Acting Master Savage provided a report that is in conflict with that provided by Lieutenant Hooker. It does seem that both reports are speaking of the same event, being on the same day at  reportedly the same time, mentioning one another in their reports, but the conclusions do not match. Savage reported that Hooker was also unable to catch the steamer, leading one to believe it successfully ran into Little River. In Hookers report it is identified as a different steamer and even boarded.

2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 568-9. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011. Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Hooker provided a report that is in conflict with that provided by Savage. It does seem that both reports are speaking of the same event, being on the same day at  reportedly the same time, mentioning one another in their reports, but the conclusions do not match. Savage reported that Hooker was also unable to catch the steamer, leading one to believe it successfully ran into Little River. In Hookers report it is identified as a different steamer and even boarded.

Little River Inlet Bar - U.S. Matthew Vassar and the Victoria Prevent Large Steamer from Running into Little River

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
22 February 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Schooner Matthew Vassar under Acting Master Savage
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. Victoria under Acting Lieutenant Hooker
Forces Engaged: 
- Large Confederate Blockade Runner
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. Hooker
Principal Commander: 
U. S. Acting Master H. H. Savage
Result: 
The Matthew Vassar and Victoria successfully block Little River Inlet

Senior Officer Captain B.F. Sands reported that the U.S. Matthew Vassar under command of Acting Master Savage drove "off a steamer on the night of the 22nd, when the Victoria went to her aid, but missed the steamer likewise."1

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 560-561. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011. Captain Sands very briefly mentioned the engagement in his report. The report focused more on the overall blockade of the coast from Little River to Cape Fear.

2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 562.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011. Acting Master Savage provided a brief and somewhat detailed account of the engagement, including a description of the steamer.

3. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 562. ​http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011Acting Lieutenant Hooker provided a brief, but detailed account of the engagement.

Little River Inlet - U.S. Matthew Vassar Blocks a Steamer from Running into Little River

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
20 February 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Matthew Vassar
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Monticello
Forces Engaged: 
- Unidentified Confederate Blockade Runner
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
U. S. Acting Master H. H. Savage
Result: 
Confederate Blockade Runner prevented from entering LIttle River Inlet

Senior Officer Captain B.F. Sands reported that on the 20th of February 1863, the "Matthew Vassar drove off a steamer attempting to run into Little River" with assistance from the U.S S. Monticello under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Braine.1 The Monticello was stationed "along the coast to the westward to intercept anything that might be hugging the shore to escape, but the [Confederate] steamer, having doubtless hauled offshore, got off in the haze of the atmosphere" in escape.1

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 560-561. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011. The report provided by Captain Sands briefly mentions the successful blockade of Little River on the 20th of February 1863 by the Matthew Vassar and the Monticello. The report goes on to describe other engagements from blockade along the coast from Little River to Cape Fear.

2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 561-562. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 17, 2011. The report provided by Acting Master Savage gave a detailed account of the engagement including the number of shots fired and positions of the Union vessels.

Little River Neck - Boats from the U.S.S. Maratanza and the Matthew Vassar Capture a Supply Boat in Little River

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
9 February 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. Maratanza boats
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Matthew Vassar boats
Forces Engaged: 
- Confederate soldiers garrisoned at Fort Randall
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
US Acting Ensign James C. Gibney
Result: 
Two Confederate men and boat of supplies were captured

With orders to "make reconnaissance up Little River" in order to "ascertain if there were any vessels," a crew with men and boats from the U.S.S. Maratanza and the U.S. Matthew Vassar set out on February 9th 1863. Acting Ensign James C. Gibney reported that at 7:30 p.m.

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Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 529-530. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 18, 2011. The account provided by Acting Ensign James C. Gibney  and Acting Ensign George Smith gave a detailed account of the expedition up Little River on January 9th 1863. It provided detailed times, location and direction a well as the names and cargo captured.

Picture: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-m/maratnza.htm, accessed November 18, 2011.

Off Little River Inlet - U..S. Schooner Matthew Vassar Captures the Prize Confederate Schooner Florida, of Nassau

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
11 January 1863
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. schooner Matthew Vassar under Acting Master Savage
Forces Engaged: 
- Confederate schooner.Florida under Captain David Ireland
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Result: 
The Confederate schooner Florida was claimed as a prize

Acting Master Hugh H. Savage, commanding the U.S. schooner Matthew Vassar, reported the success of capturing the prize Confederate schooner Florida, of Nassau around Little River Inlet on January 11, 1863.  Savage reported that at 9 a.m. off his station off Little River Inlet "a sail hove in sight, bearing S. W. by S." and he immediately gave chase.Upon the discovery of being chased the enemy "cut a hole in her port side with an ax, so that she might sink" before she was captured.1

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 8: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (September 5, 1862 - May 4, 1863), 417-418.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 18, 2011. The report provided by Acting Master Savage commanding the Matthew Vassar is a brief but detailed account. It provides the direction and time of the chase as well as the name of the schooner, its Captain and its cargo.