Battle of Suffolk (Hill's Point)

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Battle of Suffolk
Hill’s Point
Fort Huger
Began:

April 11, 1863

Ended:

May 4, 1863

Location:

Suffolk, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Longstreet’s Tidewater Operations

Outcome:

Inconclusive

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Combatants
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8th Connecticut (detachment)
89th New York (detachment)

Fort Huger garrison

Commanders

John Peck
Brigadier General, USA

James Longstreet
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

17 (April 19)
Killed: 6
Wounded: 11
1,160 casualties for both sides
during entire seige

143 (April 19)
Killed: 1
Wounded: 11
Missing: 1
Captured: 130

  

On April 19, a Union infantry force landed on Hill’s Point at the confluence of the forks of the Nansemond River. This amphibious force assaulted Fort Huger from the rear, quickly capturing its garrison, thus reopening the river to Union shipping. On April 24, Brig. Gen. Michael Corcoran’s Union division mounted a reconnaissance-in-force from Fort Dix against Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett’s extreme right flank. The Federals approached cautiously and were easily repulsed. On April 29, Gen. Robert E. Lee directed Longstreet to disengage from Suffolk and rejoin the Army of Northern Virginia at Fredericksburg. By May 4, the last of Longstreet’s command had crossed the Blackwater River en route to Richmond. (NPS summary)

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