First Battle of Charleston Harbor

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First Battle of Charleston Harbor
Began:

April 7, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Charleston County, 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

Samuel Du Pont
Rear Admiral, USN

P.G.T. Beauregard
General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

22

14

  

In April, Maj. Gen. David Hunter prepared his land forces on Folly, Cole's, and North Edisto Islands to cooperate with a naval bombardment of Fort Sumter. On April 7, the South Atlantic Squadron under Rear Admiral S.F. Du Pont bombarded Fort Sumter, having little impact on the Confederate defenses of Charleston Harbor. Although several of Hunter’s units had embarked on transports, the infantry were not landed, and the joint operation was abandoned. The ironclad warships Keokuk, Weehawken, Passaic, Montauk, Patapsco, New Ironsides, Catskill, Nantucket, and Nahant participated in the bombardment. Keokuk, struck more than 90 times by the accurate Confederate fire, sunk the next day. (NPS summary)

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