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Aquia Creek  

Other Names: None

Location: Stafford County

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

Date(s): May 29-June 1, 1861

Principal Commanders: Cdr. James H. Ward [US]; Col. Daniel Ruggles [CS]

Forces Engaged: 3 gunboats [US]; battery garrison [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 10 total

Description: Three Union naval vessels bombarded Confederate batteries near the mouth of Aquia Creek that were built to protect the northern terminus of the railroad to Richmond. Confederates feared a landing of troops, but this did not materialize. Results of the bombardment were inconclusive, although the batteries were later withdrawn.

Result(s): Inconclusive

CWSAC Reference #: VA002

Preservation Priority: II.4 (Class D)

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