OPERATIONS IN WEST FLORIDA, SOUTHERN ALABAMA, SOUTHERN ALABAMA, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, AND LOUISIANA.
September 1, 1861-May 12, 1862.
SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS.
September 2, 1861.-Destruction of United States dry-dock at Pensacola, Fla.
14, 1861.-Descent on Pensacola navy-yard by boats from U. S. squadron.
October 1, 1861.-The Department of New England constituted, under command of Major General Benjamin F. Butler, U. S. A.*
7, 1861.-Major General Braxton Bragg's command extended over the coast and State of Alabama.
9, 1861.-Action on Santa Rosa Island, Fla.
14, 1861.-The Department of Alabama and West Florida constituted, under command of Major-General Bragg, C. S. Army.
18, 1861.-Major General Mansfield Lovell, C. S. Army, supersedes Major General David E. Twiggs in command of Department No. 1.
November 22-23, 1861.-Bombardment of the Confederate lines about Pensacola, Fla.
27, 1861.-The Ship Island Expedition sails from Hampton Roads, Va.
December 3, 1861.-Ship Island, Miss., occupied by Union forces.
12, 1861.-The Department of Alabama and West Florida extended to embrace Pascagoula Bay and that portion of Mississippi east of the Pascagoula River.
Jan. 1, 1862.-Bombardment of Forts McRee and Barrancas, Pensacola Harbor.
20, 1862.-Contest over the British schooner Andracita on the coast of Alabama.
27, 1862.-Brigadier General Jones M. Withers, C. S. Army, assigned to command of the Army of Mobile.
Brigadier General Samuel Jones, C. S. Army, assigned to command of the Army of Pensacola.
Feb. 22, 1862.-Brigadier General Lewis G. Arnold, U. S. Army, supersedes Colonel Harvey Brown, Fifth U. S. Artillery, in command of the Department of Florida.
23, 1862.-The Department of the Gulf constituted, under command of Major General Benjamin F. Bulter, U. S. Army.
*This department was created in connection with the organization of the Gulf Expedition and was discontinued February 20, 1862.