Battle of Honey Hill

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Battle of Honey Hill
Began:

November 30, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Jasper County, South Carolina

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Savannah Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Expeditionary force

Commanders

John Hatch
Major General, USA

Charles Colcock
Colonel, CSA

Strength

5,000

1,400

Casualties

746
Killed: 89
Wounded: 629
Captured: 28

47
Killed: 8
Wounded: 39

  

Leaving Hilton Head on November 28, a Union expeditionary force under Maj. Gen. John P. Hatch steamed up the Broad River in transports to cut the Charleston & Savannah Railroad near Pocotaligo. Hatch disembarked at Boyd’s Landing and marched inland. On November 30, Hatch encountered a Confederate force of regulars and militia under Col. Charles J. Colcock at Honey Hill. Determined attacks by U.S. Colored Troops (including the 54th Massachusetts) failed to capture the Confederate entrenchments or cut the railroad. Hatch retired after dark, withdrawing to his transports at Boyd’s Neck. (NPS summary)

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