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Sewell’s Point   

Other Names: None

Location: Norfolk City

Campaign: Blockade of the Chesapeake Bay (May-June 1861)

Date(s): May 18-19, 1861

Principal Commanders: Lt. D.L. Braine U.S.N. [US]; Brig. Gen. Walter Gwynn and Capt. Peyton Colquitt [CS]

Forces Engaged: Two gunboats [US]; battery garrison [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 10 total

Description: Two Union gunboats, including USS Monticello, dueled with Confederate batteries on Sewell’s Point in an attempt to enforce the blockade of Hampton Roads. The two sides did each other little harm.

Result(s): Inconclusive

CWSAC Reference #: VA001

Preservation Priority: IV.2 (Class D)

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