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In Virginia, a Union amphibious operation forces the surrender of Norfolk and its naval installations

Norfolk and Portsmouth Harbor, Virginia, 1861, artist's impression
05/10/1862
Despite U.S. Navy misgivings, 5000 Union troops under Major General John Ellis Wool made a bold amphibious landing at Ocean View, Virginia with the aim of capturing nearby Norfolk.  Confederate military and naval forces had been abandoning the area and a delegation of citizens met Wool as he approached and surrendered the town.  Wool found the installations around Norfolk and the Portsmouth Naval Yard in ruins.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 7.

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