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The Battle of Secessionville - June 16, 1862

The Battle of Secessionville

American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Secessionville

Early June 1862, Maj. Gen. David Hunter transported Horatio G. Wright’s and Isaac I. Stevens’s Union divisions under immediate direction of Brig. Gen. Henry Benham to James Island where they entrenched at Grimball’s Landing near the southern flank of the Confederate defenses. On June 16, contrary to Hunter’s 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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Charleston, SC | June 16, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Estimated Casualties
889
Union
685
Confed.
204