MAY 8TH, 1861: USS Mississippi, Flag Officer Mervine, set blockade at Key West. (Since Key West never was Confederate, I am not sure why the blockade of it would have to be set.)
** USS Resolute, Acting Master W. Budd, having captured schooner Somerset at Breton's Bay, towed her close to the Virginia shore and burned her.
MAY 9TH, 1861: USS Massachusetts, Commander Melancton Smith captured British blockade-runner Perthshire with cargo of cotton near Pensacola.
MAY 10TH, 1861: The USS Union, Commander J.R. Goldsborough, captured the brig Hallie Jackson off Savannah with cargo of molasses.