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What does SABS stand for?

SABS stands for South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons


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After 1862, only three ports—Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Mobile, Alabama—remained open for the 75–100 blockade runners in business. Charleston was shut down by Admiral John A. Dahlgren's South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1863. Mobile Bay was captured in August 1864 by Admiral David Farragut. Blockade runners faced an increasing risk of capture— in 1861 and 1862, one sortie in 9 ended in capture; in 1863 and 1864, one in 3.
In the board’s report of July 16, 1861 it was recommended that the Atlantic region be divided into northern and southern sectors. On September 18, 1861 the Navy Department reached the decision to implement this division with the dividing line being the border between North Carolina and South Carolina. The implementation of this was delayed for a time and on October 12, 1861 the Navy Department informed Flag Officer Goldsborough that the division of his command would be effective as of the date Flag Officer Samuel F. Du Pont, who was appointed commander of the southern squadron, departed from Hampton Roads with the expedition to capture Port Royal, South Carolina. Du Pont departed on October 29, 1861 upon which date the squadron was divided to form the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
The board (which had no formal name and was often referred to simply as "the Strategy Board,") first met on 27 June 1861, and filled many of the roles that would in later wars be filled by a Joint Staff. At the beginning of the blockade, it was correctly surmised that the character of the coast and the nature of the blockade would be different in different regions. So, the blockade was divided into the Atlantic Blockading Squadron, based at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and the Gulf Blockading Squadron, based at Key West, Florida. The dividing line between the two squadrons was roughly the southern tip of Florida. Upon the resignation of Flag Officer Silas Stringham, the commander of the Atlantic Blockading Squadron, the Atlantic Blockading Squadron was further divided into the North and South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons.
Historical Leadership » Civil War Naval Officers » South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
Tagged Bulls Bay, Cape Romain, Charleston SC, Doboy Sound, Georgetown SC, John Dahlgren, Murrell's Inlet, North Edisto River, Ossabow Sound, Port Royal, Sapelo Sound, Savannah River, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, St. Andrew's Sound, St. Catherine's Sound, St. Helena Sound, St. Simons Island, USS Acacia, USS Amaranthus, USS Arethusa, USS Azalea, USS Braziliera, USS C. P.
Historical Leadership » Civil War Naval Officers » South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.