Battle of Secessionville

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Battle of Secessionville
First James Island
Began:

June 16, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

City of Charleston, South Carolina

Theater:

Lower Seaboard Theater

Campaign:

Operations against Charleston

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

Henry Benham
Brigadier General, USA

Nathan G. Evans
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

6,600

2,000

Casualties

685

204

  

Early June 1862, Maj. Gen. David Hunter transported Horatio G. Wright’s and Isaac I. Stevens’s Union divisions under immediate direction of Brig. Gen. Henry Benham to James Island where they entrenched at Grimball’s Landing near the southern flank of the Confederate defenses. On June 16, contrary to Hunter’s orders, Benham launched an unsuccessful frontal assault against Fort Lamar at Secessionville. Because Benham was said to have disobeyed orders, Hunter relieved him of command. (NPS summary)

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