June 16, 1862: Battle of Secessionville, So. Carolina – Gen. Henry Benham puts his two Federal divisions ( about 6,600 men) on the road early in the morning, with Stevens’ division drawn up on the right to attack Ft. Lamar near this town. Gen. Wright’s Yankees are drawn up on Stevens’ left, to cover his advance. Facing the Federals were about 2,000 Confederates under Gen. Nathan “Shanks” Evans. The Federals step off at 4:00 AM, with the 8th Michigan in the lead. The 8-inch Columbiad cannon at the fort opens with a round of grapeshot which sweeps a large gap in the center of the Michigan line, but they keep pressing on until they reach the parapet, firing down into the fort. Stevens throws in more regiments, but Evans places fresh men in the fort’s defenses. Finally, Stevens calls a withdrawal, with heavy casualties. At this time, Wright’s division is moving up, accompanied by Gen. Benham. Wright wheels right into position, but is attacked on his left flank by fresh Southern troops from the north, under Hagood---with the Eutaw Battalion and the 24th So. Carolina. Wright details several regiments and some artillery to hold off Hagood, and tries to help Stevens, but neither general can see a way to advance across the open ground to the fort’s walls without severe losses. By 9:00 AM, the Federals call off the assault. Confederate Victory
Losses: Union – 685 Confederate – 204
---Gen. Robert E. Lee orders Stonewall Jackson to begin plans to leave the Valley and join him at Richmond.