FEBRUARY 16-17TH, 1865: Ships of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, including the USS Pawnee, Sonoma, Ottawa, Winona, Potomska, Wando, J.S. Chambers, and boats and launches from these vessels supported the amphibious Army landing at Bull's Bay, S.C.. This was a diversionary movement in the major thrust to take Charleston and was designed to contain Confederate strength away from General Sherman.
Such diversions had been Sherman's plan from the outset as he took full advantage of the North's control of the sea while his army marched across the land.
A naval landing party from the fleet joined the troops of Brigadier general Edward E. Potter in driving the Confederates from their positions at Bull's Bay and driving them toward Andersonville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.