Secessionville Battlefield

The Battle of Secessionville
James Island
June 16, 1862

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. 

Battle Facts


  • City of Charleston, South Carolina


  • June 16, 1862

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Forces Engaged

  • 6,600 Union Union Flag
  • 2,000 Confederate Confederate Flag

Estimated Casualties

  • 685 UnionUnion Flag
  • 204 ConfederateConfederate Flag


  • Confederate Victory Confederate Flag

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