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Battle of Grimball's Landing
Part of the American Civil War
DateJuly 16, 1863 (1863-07-16)
LocationJames Island, South Carolina
Result Inconclusive
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
Alfred Terry
George Balch
Johnson Hagood
Units involved
1st Division, X Corps
Stono River Flotilla
1st Military District, South Carolina
3,800 3,000
Casualties and losses
30 killed,
14 prisoners[1]
3 killed,
12 wounded,
3 missing[1]

The Battle of Grimball's Landing took place in James Island, South Carolina, on July 16, 1863, during the American Civil War. It was a part of the campaign known as Operations Against the Defenses of Charleston.


To divert Confederate reinforcements from a renewed attack on nearby Fort Wagner, Brig. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore designed two feints. An amphibious force ascended Stono River to threaten the Charleston & Savannah Railroad bridge. A second force, consisting of Alfred Terry's division, landed on James Island on July 8. Soon, Terry demonstrated against the Confederate defenses, but did not launch a major attack. On July 16, the Confederates attacked Terry's camp at Grimball's Landing. Because of incomplete reconnaissance of the difficult, marshy ground, the disorganized Confederate attack was soon aborted. Their mission accomplished, Federal troops withdrew from the island on July 17.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Capers, Ellison (1899). Confederate Military History. Volume 5. Confederate Publishing Company. p. 234.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the National Park Service document "Grimball's Landing".

Further reading

Coordinates: 32°41′53″N 79°58′59″W / 32.698°N 79.983°W / 32.698; -79.983

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