Honey Hill, SC

Date(s): November 30, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Honey Hill, Berkeley, South Carolina, United States

Campaign(s): Savannah Campaign [1864]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

  • The Battle of Honey Hill was the third battle of Sherman's March to the Sea.

Commanders:

  • Union: Maj. Gen. John Hatch

  • Confederate: Col. Charles Colcock

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 5,000

  • Confederate: 1,500

Description:

  • A Union expeditionary force under Maj. Gen. John P. Hatch left Hilton Head on November 28th in transports up the Broad River to cut the Charleston & Savannah Railroad near Pocotaligo.

  • Hatch disembarked at Boyd’s Landing and marched inland.

  • On November 30th, Hatch encountered a Confederate force of regulars and militia under Col. Charles J. Colcock at Honey Hill.

  • Determined attacks by U.S. Colored Troops (including the 54th Massachusetts) failed to capture the Confederate entrenchments or cut the railroad.

  • After dark Hatch's forces withdrew to the transports at Boyd’s Neck.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: C

Casualties3:

  • Union: 746

  • Confederate: 50

Results: Confederate Victory

Battlefield Websites:

Lodging and Restaurants: South Carolina Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 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

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

Revised 03/22/2013