MARCH 21ST, 1865: Lt.Cmdr. Arthur R. Yates, commanding the USS J.P. Jackson, in Mississippi Sound, reported to Rear Admiral Thatcher that he had issued food from his ship's stores to relieve the destitute and starving condition of the people in Biloxi, cut off from Mobile from which provisions had been formerly received.
Yates demonstrated the humanitarian heritage of the Navy.
ALSO THIS DATE: The heavy guns of Union gunboats supported the landing of troops of general Canby's command at Dannelly's Mills on the Fish River, Alabama. This was a diversionary action intended to prevent the movement of additional Confederate troops to Mobile during the week prior to the opening of the Federal attack against that city.