The Civil War Connections Blog

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On this day in 1861……

In Virginia, Lieutenant John Mercer Brooke, CSN, began to study and experiment with projectiles and rifled guns – including armor-piercing bolts.

Captain George Hollins, CSN, captured the side-wheel steamer St. Nicholas on the Potomac River.

Captain Samuel Francis DuPont, USN, of the Blockade Strategy Board recommended that two ports, one in South Carolina and one in either Georgia or Florida, be occupied for use as coal depots for the blockading fleet. DuPont believed the blockade would not be effective without these coaling stations.