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Lower Seaboard Theater & Gulf Approach of the Civil War

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As identified by the National Park Service, the Lower Seaboard Theater and the Gulf Approach campaigns of the Civil War encompass major military and naval operations that occurred at the southeastern coastal regions of the nation, including South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Inland campaigns are included in the Western Theater or Trans-Mississippi Theater, depending on whether they were east or west of the Mississippi River. The vast majority of coastal operations in Georgia are included in the Western Theater.


Bombarding Fort Sumter, April, 1861 by Currier & IvesOperations in Charleston Harbor (April 1861)

Operations of the Gulf Blockading Squadron (October 1861)

Operations Against Fort Pulaski (April 1862)

Expedition to, and Capture of, New Orleans (April-May 1862)

Operations Against Charleston (June 1862)

Operations Against Tampa (June-July 1862)

Operations Against Baton Rouge (July-August 1862)



Expedition to St. John's Bluff (September-October 1862)

Operations in LaFourche District (October 1862)

Naval Attacks on Fort McAllister (March 1863)

Operations in West Louisiana (April 1863)

Operations Against the Defenses of Charleston (April-September 1863)

Siege of Port Hudson (May-July 1863)

Taylor's Operations in West Louisiana (June-September 1863)

Expedition to Hillsboro River (October 1863)

Florida Expedition (February 1864)

Operations near Saint Mark's (March 1865)

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