Charleston, SC II

[The Citadel]

Date(s): September 7-8, 1863

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Campaign(s): Operations against Defenses of Charleston (1863)

Battles in Campaign:


  • Since the capture of Fort Sumter in 1861, the port of Charleston has been able to receive shipments.

  • This represented a significant hole in the U.S. Navy's Atlantic naval blockade.

  • The Union began operations to retake the fort and stop shipments into the harbor.


  • Union: Maj. Gen. Quincy Gillmore

  • Confederate: Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 413

  • Confederate: Unknown


  • During the night of September 6-7, Confederate forces evacuated Fort Wagner and Battery Gregg pressured by advancing Federal siege works.

  • Federal troops occupied all of Morris Island.

  • On September 8th, an amphibious attack on Fort Sumter from Morris Island by over 400 marines and sailors was repulsed.

Photo Gallery:2 Please see Charleston Harbor, SC I for Images of Charleston, SC

Slide Presentation3: Fort Sumter, SC

Classification4: B


  • Union: 117

  • Confederate: Unknown

Results: Confederate Victory

Battlefield Websites:

Lodging and Restaurants: South Carolina Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of"

3 Slide Presentations Updated on 2/02/07. Click on link to view as web-based slide show.

4 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

5 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 04/12/2013