Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café!
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the blockade of 3,500 miles of Southern coastline after the surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Initially, the Confederacy had 12 major ports to defend which prompted the establishment of several Union blockading squadrons. The South Atlantic Blockading Squadron attempted to stop Confederate blockade runners from the South Carolina border to Key West, Florida. The squadron was commanded by Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont and Rear Admiral John A. B. Dahlgren, with its major base at Port Royal Sound, South Carolina. The squadron was most effective blockading the major ports of Savannah and Charleston.