First Battle of Fort McAllister

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First Battle of Fort McAllister
Began:

March 3, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Bryan County, Georgia

Theater:

Lower Seaboard Theater

Campaign:

Naval Attacks on Fort McAllister

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Union Navy Flotilla

Fort McAllister Garrison

Commanders

Percival Drayton
Captain, USN

George A. Anderson
Captain, CSA

Strength
Casualties

3

6

  

Rear Adm. Samuel Du Pont ordered three ironclads, Patapsco, Passaic, and Nahant, to test their guns and mechanical appliances and practice artillery firing by attacking Fort McAllister, then a small three-gun earthwork battery. On March 3, 1863, the three ironclads conducted an eight-hour bombardment. The bombardment did not destroy the battery but did some damage, while the three ironclads received some scratches and dents. The tests were helpful for knowledge and experience gained, but the fort did not fall, showing that the ironclads’ firepower could not destroy an earthen fort. (NPS summary)

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