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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
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.