Battle of Simmon's Bluff

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Battle of Simmon's Bluff
Began:

June 21, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

City of Charleston, South Carolina

Theater:

Lower Seaboard Theater

Campaign:

Operations against Charleston

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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55th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

16th South Carolina Infantry Regiment

Commanders

A.C. Rhind
Lieutenant, USA

James McCullough
Colonel, CSA

Strength

Regiment

Regiment

Casualties

None

None

  

In June, the Federals besieging Charleston mounted an amphibious expedition to cut the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. On June 21, troops of the 55th Pennsylvania landed from the gunboat Crusader and transport Planter near Simmon’s Bluff on Wadmelaw Sound, surprising and burning an encampment of the 16th South Carolina Infantry. The Confederates scattered, and the Federals returned to their ships. Despite this minor victory, the Federals abandoned their raid on the railroad. Although a bloodless raid, this engagement typified scores of similar encounters that occurred along the South Carolina coastline. (NPS summary)

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