First Battle of Fort Wagner

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First Battle of Fort Wagner
First Assault, Morris Island
Began:

July 10, 1863

Ended:

July 11, 1863

Location:

City of Charleston, South Carolina

Theater:

Lower Seaboard Theater

Campaign:

Operations against Defenses of Charleston

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

Qunicy Gillmore
Brigadier General, USA

P.G.T. Beauregard
General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

339

12

  

On July 10, Union artillery on Folly Island together with Rear Adm. John Dahlgren's fleet of ironclads opened fire on Confederate defenses of Morris Island. The bombardment provided cover for Brig. Gen. George C. Strong's brigade, which crossed Light House Inlet and landed by boats on the southern tip of the island. Strong's troops advanced, capturing several batteries, to within range of Confederate Fort Wagner. At dawn, July 11, Strong attacked the fort. Soldiers of the 7th Connecticut reached the parapet but, unsupported, were thrown back. (NPS summary)

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