Battle Detail

Fort Brooke

Other Name:
Expedition to Destroy Ships in Hillsboro River
October 1863
Principal Commanders:
Lieutenant Commander Alexander Semmes [US] Captain John Westcott [CS]
Forces Engaged:
0 total (US 0; CS 0;)
Estimated Casualties:
16 total (US 16; CS 0;)
Two Union ships bombarded Fort Brooke on October 16 as a diversion, while a landing party under Acting Master T.R. Harris disembarked at Ballast Point and marched 14 miles to the Hillsborough River to capture several steamers. Harris and his men surprised and captured the blockade running steamer Scottish Chief and sloop Kate Dale. The Rebels destroyed the steamer A.B. Noyes to preclude her capture. On its way back to the ship, Harris's force was surprised by a detachment of the garrison, causing casualties.
Union Victory
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