Other Names: Secessionville, James Island
Location: City of Charleston and James Island
Campaign: Operations against Defenses of Charleston (1863)
Date(s): July 16, 1863
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Alfred H. Terry [US]; Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood [CS]
Forces Engaged: 6,800 total (US 3,800; CS 3,000)
Estimated Casualties: Total unknown (US unknown; CS 18)
Description: To divert Confederate reinforcements from a renewed attack on Fort Wagner, Gen. Gillmore designed two feints. An amphibious force ascended Stono River to threaten the Charleston & Savannah Railroad bridge. A second force, consisting of Terrys division, landed on James Island on July 8. Terry demonstrated against the Confederate defenses. On July 16, the Confederates attacked Terrys camp at Grimballs 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.