Major Battles and Engagements fought in South Carolina during the War for Southern Independence

South Carolina was the site of battles and engagement throughout the entire war. The opening shots of the war were fired in South Carolina. In addition, one of the last engagements was Union General Potter's raid through South Carolina, which occurred after General Lee's surrender at Appomatax and completed just days before General Johnston's surrender.

There were many smaller skirmishes that occurred during the war, especially around Charleston and during Sherman's march through South Carolina. Only the major battles and engagements are shown here.

1861

  • January 9, 1861: Star of the West warning shots fired from Morris Island
  • April 12-14, 1861: Firing on Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
  • November 7, 1861: Invasion of Port Royal

    1862

  • January 1, 1862: Battle of Port Royal Ferry
  • June 16, 1682: Battle of Secessionville, James Island
  • June 21, 1862: Simmon's Bluff, Charleston

    1863

  • April 7, 1863: Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
  • July 10-11, 1863: Fort Wagner, Morris Island
  • July 16, 1863: Grimball's Landing, James Island
  • July 18 - September 7, 1863: Fort Wagner, Morris Island
  • August 17-23, 1863: Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
  • September 7-8, 1863: Battery Gregg, Charleston Harbor

    1864>

  • February 17, 1864: The H. L. Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic
  • July 2, 1864: Attack on Fort Johnson, James Island
  • July 7-9 1864: Bloody Bridge Battle, Johns Island
  • November 30, 1864: Honey Hill

    1865

  • February 3, 1865: River's Bridge
  • February 11, 1865: Battle of Aiken
  • February 15-17,1865: Battle of Columbia
  • April 5-21, 1865: Potter's Raid through South Carolina


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