Naval Event - non-combat

U.S. Gem of the Sea captures the British Schooner Fair Play

County: 
Georgetown County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
12 March 1862
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Bark Gem of the Sea under command of Lieutenant Baxter
Forces Engaged: 
- British Schooner Fair Play under command of Captian Thayer
Campaign: 
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
U.S Acting Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter
Result: 
The schooner Fair Play was captured as a prize

Flag-Officer Du Pont enclosed a report of Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter, commanding the U.S Gem of the Sea, blockade cruise of Georgetown from January 12th to March 18th, 1862. Lieutenant Baxter reported that "At 11 o'clock a.m., [standing off] Georgetown lighthouse" at a distance of 9 miles, he "boarded the British schooner Fair Play" under command of Captain Thayer.1 The schooner's cargo consisted of "fish, soap, candles, shoes, brogans, boots, leather, blankets, blue flannel" and more.1

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), 479-81.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed, 9 September 2011. The report provided by Lieutenant Baxter gave a brief distribution of the boarding of the schooner, but provided a detailed discussion of the Capitan and his foul play.

U.S. Bark "Gem of the Sea" gives chase to an unidentified schooner off Georgetown

County: 
Georgetown County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
27 February 1862
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S. Bark Gem of the Sea
Forces Engaged: 
- Unidentified schooner
Campaign: 
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
U.S Acting Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter
Result: 
The Gem of the Sea was unable to catch the schooner

Flag-Officer Du Pont enclosed a report from Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter commanding the U. S bark Gem of the Sea, on the Blockade of Georgetown from January 12th to March 18, 1862.

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), 479-81.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html,accessed, 9 September 2011.  The report provided by Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter gave a brief account of the engagement with supportive detail on the location of events.

 

U.S. "Gem of the Sea" gives chase to unidentified schooner off Georgetown

County: 
Georgetown County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
14 February 1862
Forces Engaged: 
U.S. Bark Gem of the Sea under Lieutenant Baxter
Forces Engaged: 
Unidentified Schooner
Campaign: 
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
U.S Acting Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter
Result: 
The Gem of the Sea was unable to catch the schooner

Flag-Officer Du Pont enclosed a report from Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter describing the events of his blockade of Georgetown from January 12th to March 18th, 1862. Lieutenant Baxter reported that on February 14, 1862 while lying "8 miles S.S.E.  from the entrance of Georgetown," a schooner was spotted "bearing E.N.E." at a distance of 4 miles off.  Baxter 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 12: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (February 2, 1865 - August 3, 1865); South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 29, 1861 - May 13, 1862), 479-481.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed  9 September 2011. The enclosed report of Lieutenant Irvin B. Baxter gives a brief account of the engagement and provides details of the locations involved.

Little River Inlet - U.S.S. Victoria Landing Party encounters Confederate Cavalry Pickets

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
1 January 1863
Forces Engaged: 
U.S.S. Victoria
Forces Engaged: 
Confederate picket cavalry
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. Hooker
Result: 
The Confederate schooners were identified.

Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. Hooker commanding the U.S.S. Victoria was stationed off Wilmington when he received four contrabands on 30 December 1862 that informed him of two Confederate schooners laying in Little River. On the 31st a sail was discovered and suspected of "working down to Little River," but was lost sight of.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, 1682 - May 4, 1863), 397. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 18, 2011. The report provided by Lieutenant Hooker gave a brief account of the engagement at Little River, with supportive detailing of the times involved.

Below Little River Inlet - U.S.S. Victoria gives Chase to large Steamer

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
28 December 1862
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. Victoria
Forces Engaged: 
- Unknown Confederate Steamer
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Result: 
The U.S.S. Victoria gave chase to an unidentified steamer

Acting Volunteer Lieutenant E. Hooker Commanding the U.S.S. Victoria reported a sail off her post at Shallotte Inlet, at 10:30 A.M. on December 28th, 1862. Lieutenant Hooker identified the vessel as a large steamer and assumed it was one of the Union's own vessels. Hooker reported that the steamer "hauled up for the land" around 11:45 A.M. causing the Victoria to weigh anchor and investigate.1

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), 336. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 18, 2011. The report provided by Lieutenant Hooker gave a brief account of the chase down the S. C. coast that included details of specific times and a good description of the steamer in question.

Waties Island - U.S.S. Penobscot Captures English Schooner Pathfinder

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
2 November 1862
Forces Engaged: 
- U.S.S. gunboat Penobscot under Commander Clitz
Forces Engaged: 
- English schooner Pathfinder
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
US Commander John Mellen Brady Clitz
Result: 
The Pathfinder was fired and destroyed

Commander J. M. B. Clitz of the U.S. Penobscot reported sails at 10:45 A.M. off his post at Shallotte Inlet. Clitz gave chase to what he identified as a schooner which was towed toward the coast at 11:30 A.M. "At about meridian [we] opened fired upon her with our rifle gun at long range, closed in with her, continuing to fire, drove her crew on shore, [and then] dispatched two boats in charge of Acting Ensign H.D. Edwards to board her."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), 190. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 21, 2011. The report provided by Commander Clitz is brief but supported with good detail of the account including times, location, and officers in charge.

Near Little River Inlet - Two Salt Works Destroyed

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Alias Name: 
24 November 1862
Date: 
24 November 1862
Forces Engaged: 
U.S.S. Monticello under Lieutenant D.L. Braine
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
US Lieutenant Daniel L. Braine
Result: 
Two Confederate Salt Works are destroyed

On the morning of November 24, 1862 Lieutenant D.L. Braine commanding the U.S.S. Monticello discovered "two extensive salt works near Little River Inlet" that he destroyed with five second shell.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), 234. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 21, 2011. Lieutenant Braine provided an extremely brief account of the destruction of the salt works near Little River.

 

Little River Wharf - Union Navy Burns Ships and Supplies at Village Wharf

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
26 June 1862
Forces Engaged: 
U.S.S. Monticello under Lieutenant D.L. Braine
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
US Lieutenant Daniel L. Braine
Result: 
Union military destroys an estimated $50,000 worth of Confederate property

Lieutenant D.L. Braine commanding the U.S.S. Monticello reported the boarding of eight contrabands from Little River Inlet, South Carolina on 23 June 1861. They provided intelligence that "two schooners in Little River Inlet [were] preparing to run the blockade; also [that] a quantity of cotton, pitch, turpentine, and rosin [were] stored there ready for loading."1

The names of the contrabands are as follows:

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 7: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (March 8, 1862 - September 4, 1862, 498. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 23, 2011. This report provided by Lieutenant Braine is brief but full of detail.

2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 7: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (March 8, 1862 - September 4, 1862), 506. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 23, 2011. The report provided by Senior Officer Glisson provided a brief account start to finish of the expedition. The report included the success of the Monticello in boarding the nine contrabands as well as the estimated lose of the Confederacy from the Union expedition. The report also included an enclosure of the orders given to Lieutenant Braine.

3. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 7: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (March 8, 1862 - September 4, 1862), 506-507. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 23, 2011. The report provided by Lieutenant Braine provided detail on the officers in charge on the expedition as well as the specific times and property damaged. This report provided the most useful information on the expedition.

4. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 7: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (March 8, 1862 - September 4, 1862), 507. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 23, 2011. Lieutenant  Brunce provided a first hand account of the expedition that included good detail, but not as much Lieutenant Braine's report. Brunce provides the names of officers and property involved, but is more brief than Brains'e report.

5. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 7: North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (March 8, 1862 - September 4, 1862), 718-270. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 23, 2011. The abstract log of the U. S. S Monticello from April 26, 1862 to July 11, 1862 provided a brief account of the Little River Expedition. It mentions the information acquired from the contrabands of June 23rd,  the preparation and equipping of boats for the expedition of the 25th June and finally the expedition itself on 26 June 1862. The account provided details on the officers in charge of the boats from the various vessels, times and distances, and property destroyed.

Little River Inlet - U.S.S. Fernandina Shells Little River Inlet

County: 
Horry County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
13 December 1861
Forces Engaged: 
U.S.S. Fernandina
Campaign: 
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Result: 
Union shell forced the encampment to retreat

Acting Volunteer Lieutenant George W. Browne, commanding the U.S.S. Fernandina reported on an affair in Little River Inlet that occurred on 13 December 1861. Browne states he was off Little River N.C. [S.C.], when he saw approximately forty fires on shore and "several others in scattered positions of from 1 to 2 miles apart along the coast."1 Browne approached the shore at 7:00 P. M to reconnoiter and found several men which caused him to believe there was a confederate encampment.1

Footnotes and Additional Information: 

1. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 6: Atlantic Blockading Squadron (July 16, 1861 - October 29, 1861); North Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 29, 1861 - March 8, 1862), 474-475. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed November 24, 2011. This official report provided by Browne provided a first hand account of the affair at Little River. The account is brief but provides good detail.

Sinking of the U.S.S Harvest Moon

County: 
Georgetown County, S.C.
Conflict: 
American Civil War
Date: 
1 March 1865
Forces Engaged: 
U.S.S. Harvest Moon under Rear-Admiral Dahlgren
Forces Engaged: 
U.S. tug Clover
Forces Engaged: 
Confederate torpedo
Campaign: 
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Principal Commander: 
U.S Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Result: 
Rear Admiral Dahlgren lost his Flagship

On March 1st 1865, Rear Admiral Dahlgren commanding the Flagship Harvest Moon was posted at Georgetown and had not heard anything of General Sherman, so he decided that he would leave for Charleston.  In the days before Dahlgren was securing the recently occupied Confederate fort Battery White and Georgetown.  On the 1st, after it was reported that the channel had been swept for torpedoes, Dahlgren weighed anchor and headed down Winyah Bay, while he waited for his breakfast in the cabin.  Then at 7:45 A.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 16: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 1, 1864 - September 30, 1865); Gulf 1. Blockading Squadron (June 7, 1861 - December 15, 1861), 282-283.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed 20 September 2011. Rear Admiral Dahlgren provided a brief account of the sinking of the U. S. S Harvest Moon, his Flagship. While it is a first hand account there is little information, the best is the description of where the torpedo hit.

2. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 16: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 1, 1864 - September 30, 1865); Gulf Blockading Squadron (June 7, 1861 - December 15, 1861), 283-284.  http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed 20 September 2011. The abstract log of the U. S. S Harvest Moon, provided by Acting Master Crosby, gives a first hand, detailed account of the ship's sinking. The report included the specific times and places where events occurred as well as names of people involved.

3. Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. ; Series I - Volume 16: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (October 1, 1864 - September 30, 1865); Gulf Blockading Squadron (June 7, 1861 - December 15, 1861), 371. http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/index.html, accessed 20 September 2011. Rear-Admiral Dahlgren mentions this engagement in his personal Diary on March 1, 1865, but he dose not divulge any new information.

Picture: "Harvest Moon," in Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/h3/harvest_moon.htm, accessed 20 September 2011.