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Gate of Hell: Campaign for Charleston Harbor, 1863
Study of the Union's Campaign for Charleston. The many attacks the Union attempted that summer to capture the cradle of the Confederacy. Overview of the campaign, focusing on the relationships between the Army and the Navy of the United States

Charleston Harbor
Fort Sumter
Civil War South Carolina


American Civil War
April 7, 1863

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Charlestonians in War
The Charleston Battalion

The history of a Confederate unit that was central to the defense of Charleston: the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion, usually known simply as the Charleston Battalion

In April, Major General 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.

Result(s): Confederate victory (Warships were repulsed.)

Location: Charleston County

Campaign: Operations against Defenses of Charleston (1863) next battle in campaign   Campaigns

Date(s): April 7, 1863

Principal Commanders:  Rear Admiral S.F. Du Pont [US]; General P.G.T. Beauregard [CS]

Forces Engaged: 9 warships

Estimated Casualties: 36 total (US 22; CS 14)

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Union Fleet Bombarding Fort Sumter to Retake Charleston Harbor from the Confederates, c.1863
Union Fleet Bombarding Fort Sumter to Retake Charleston Harbor
from the Confederates, c.1863

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"Panoramic View of Charleston Harbor. -- Advance of Ironclads to the Attack, April 7th, 1863"
Line engraving published in "The Soldier in our Civil War", Volume II, page 172, with a key to individual ships and land features shown.
U.S. Navy ships present are (from left to center): Keokuk , Nahant , Nantucket , Catskill , New Ironsides , Patapsco , Montauk , Passaic and Weehawken .

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Major Edward Manigault, one of the commanding officers ordered by General P. G. T. Beauregard to document his unit's daily operations, began a diary in July 1863 that would become one of the most informative records to survive the Civil War.
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Charlestonians in War
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