With the onset of the Civil War, the Union Navy began blockading Southern ports to prevent entry of contraband goods and export of cotton, tobacco, turpentine, and other products that would help finance the war. It soon became obvious that servicing ships involved in blockading the South Atlantic ports created a major problem. Because of the long distances involved, reliance on fueling and resupplying the ships at northern ports was excessively time consuming. The lengthy absence of ships from their assigned positions, required more ships to maintain the blockade. As a result, a decision was made to establish a port somewhere along the southern Atlantic seaboard to support the blockading vessels. Evaluation of several possible ports determined that Port Royal Sound, South Carolina was best suited for such a port. A combined Army/Navy amphibious assault was conducted to capture the sound and occupy the surrounding area. This account describes involvement of Union vessels from the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in the capture of Port Royal.
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