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  • Battle of Gloucester Point, VA May 7, 1861, US Civil War

    The Battle of Gloucester Point, Virginia was the first reported exchange of fire in the American Civil War, following the surrender of Fort Sumter. As Lincoln extended the Union blockade to include Virginia, the rebels (notionally Confederates) tried to deny Union access to the local estuaries. On May 7, 1861, Lieutenant Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. commanding the USS Yankee was ordered to reconnoi...