Secessionville, SC

[Courtesy of The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources]

Campaign(s): Operations against Charleston (June 1862)

Battles in Campaign:

Date(s): June 16, 1862


  • Union: Brig. Gen. Henry Benham

  • Confederate: Brig. Gen. Nathan Evans  

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 6,600

  • Confederate: 2,000


  • Early June 1862, Maj. Gen. David Hunter transported Horatio G. Wrightís and Isaac I. Stevensís Union divisions under immediate direction of Brig. Gen. Henry Benham to James Island where they entrenched at Grimballís Landing near the southern flank of the Confederate defenses.

  • On June 16, contrary to Hunterís 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.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: B


  • Union: 685

  • Confederate: 204

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 10/19/2012