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In North Carolina, U.S. Navy units block the entrance to the Albermarle and Chesapeake Canal

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
04/23/1862 to 04/24/1862
When Brigadier General Jesse Reno's expedition to destroy the locks of the canal system in Camden County, North Carolina failed, area U.S. Navy chief Commander S.J. Rowan ordered a mission to block the Albermarle and Chesapeake Canal.  Federal vessels Lockwood, Whitelhead, and Putnam under Lieutenant Charles Flusser, towed a captured Confederate schooner, the Emma Slade, to the mouth of the canal and sank it there.  Landing parties then worked for two days to destroy canal banks and fill the canal itself with debris. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
United States, President, Message of the President of the United States to the two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Third Session of the Thirty-Seventh Congress (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1862), II: 274-275.

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