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On the Mississippi Gulf coast, U.S. Navy units based at Ship Island capture the town of Biloxi

Mississippi, 1857, zoomable map
12/31/1861
A U.S. Navy task force of three steam warships, the Water Witch, the New London, and the Henry Lewis, sent to investigate Biloxi Harbor for Confederate vessels, demanded the surrender of the town under thrreat of bombardment.  Mayor James Fewell acceded immediately and sailors and marines were landed to destroy the small two-gun Confederate battery near the lighthouse. No casualties or other damage was reported.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Edmond Boudreaux, The Seafood Capital of the World: Biloxi's Maritime History (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2011), 44. 

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