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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2022 8:26 p.m. PST

…. Battle of Seccessionville, June 16, 1862


"The small, curiously named village of Secessionville, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, was the site of an early war skirmish, the consequences of which might have been enormous had the outcome been different. It quickly would be forgotten, however, as the Seven Days' battles, fought shortly afterward and far to the north, attracted the attention of Americans on both sides of the conflict.


The battle at Secessionville was as bloody and hard fought as any similar-sized encounter during the war. But it was poorly planned and poorly led by the Union commanders whose behavior did not do justice to the courage of their men. That courage was acknowledged by Confederate Lt. Iredell Jones who wrote, "Let us never again disparage our enemy and call them cowards, for nothing was ever more glorious than their three charges in the face of a raking fire of grape and canister."…"


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