APRIL 17TH, 1861: Jefferson Davis' proclamation invited all interested in "service in private armed vessels on the high seas" to apply for Letters of Marque and Reprisal. In other words, privateers.
** Confederates placed obstacles in the channel at Norfolk, attempting to prevent the sailing of U.S. Naval vessels. The subsequent passage of the obstructions by the Pawnee and Cumberland proved the effort ineffective.