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Fort Sumter II

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Battle Name: Fort Sumter II
Other Names: Charleston Harbor, Morris Island
State: South Carolina
Location: City of Charleston
Campaign: Operations against Defenses of Charleston (1863)
Dates: August 17-December 31, 1863
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Quincy Gillmore [US]; Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard [CS]
Forces Engaged: Morris Island Batteries [US]; Fort Sumter Garrison
Estimated Casualties: Unknown
Description: Federal batteries erected on Morris Island opened fire on August 17 and continued their bombardment of Fort Sumter and the Charleston defenses until August 23. Despite a severe pounding, Fort Sumter’s garrison held out. Siege operations continued against Fort Wagner on Morris Island.
Results: Inconclusive

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