Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries

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Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries
Forts Clark and Hatteras
Began:

August 28, 1861

Ended:

August 29, 1861

Location:

Outer Banks, Dare County, North Carolina

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Blockade of the Carolina Coast

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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9th New York Regiment
20th New York Regiment

Hatteras Island Garrison

Commanders

Benjamin F. Butler
Brigadier General, USA

William F. Martin
Colonel, CSA

Strength

2,000

900

Casualties

3 (wounded)

770 est.
Killed: 4-7
Wounded: 20-45
Captured: 691

  

On August 26, an amphibious expedition led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler and Flag-Officer Silas Stringham, embarked from Fort Monroe to capture Hatteras Inlet, an important haven for blockade-runners. On the 28th, while the navy bombarded Forts Clark and Hatteras, Union troops came ashore and attacked the rear of the Confederate batteries. On August 29, Col. William F. Martin surrendered the Confederate garrison of 670. The Federals lost only one man. Butler returned to Fort Monroe, leaving the captured forts garrisoned. This movement was part of Union efforts to seize coastal enclaves from which to enforce the blockade.