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The Battle of Secessionville
June 16, 1862

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Other Names: Ft. Lamar, James Island
Location: City of Charleston
Campaign: Operations against Charleston (June 1862)

Principal Commanders:
Union: Brig. Gen. Henry Benham [US]
Confederate: Brig. Gen. Nathan Evans [CS]

Forces Engaged: 8,600 total (US 6,600; CS 2,000)

Estimated Casualties: 889 total (US 685; CS 204)

Description: Early June 1862, Maj. Gen. David Hunter transported Horatio G. Wrightís and Isaac I. Stevensís Union divisions under immediate direction of Brig. Gen. Henry Benham to James Island where they entrenched at Grimballís Landing near the southern flank of the Confederate defenses. On June 16, contrary to Hunterís orders, Benham launched an unsuccessful frontal assault against Fort Lamar at Secessionville. Because Benham was said to have disobeyed orders, Hunter relieved him of command.

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The Civil War, American Heritage (Doubleday, 1960)



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