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The Battle of Fort Wagner
July 10-11, 1863

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Other Names: First Assault, Morris Island
Location: City of Charleston Campaign: Operations against Defenses of Charleston (1863)

Principal Commanders:
Union: Brig. Gen. Qunicy Gillmore [US]
Confederate: Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard [CS]

Forces Engaged: Brigades

Estimated Casualties: 351 total (US 339; CS 12)

Description: 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.

Sources:
National Park Service
The Civil War, American Heritage (Doubleday, 1960)


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