Battle of Tampa

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Battle of Tampa
Yankee Outrage at Tampa
Began:

June 30, 1862

Ended:

July 1, 1862

Location:

City of Tampa, Florida

Theater:

Lower Seaboard Theater

Campaign:

Operations against Tampa, June-July 1862

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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1 gunboat

Osceola Rangers

Commanders

A.J. Drake
Captain, USN

J.W. Pearson
Captain, CSA

Strength
Casualties

None

None

  

On June 30, a Union gunboat came into Tampa Bay, turned her broadside on the town, and opened her ports. The gunboat then dispatched a launch carrying 20 men and a lieutenant under a flag of truce demanding the surrender of Tampa. The Confederates refused, and the gunboat opened fire. The officer then informed the Confederates that shelling would commence at 6:00 pm after allowing time to evacuate non-combatants from the city. Firing continued sporadically into the afternoon of July 1, when the Federal gunboat withdrew. (NPS summary)

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