Today in History:

Aquia Creek

Battle Name: Aquia Creek
Other Names: None
State: Virginia
Location: Stafford County
Campaign: Blockade of the Chesapeake Bay (May-June 1861)
Dates: May 29-June 1, 1861
Principal Commanders: Cdr. James H. Ward [US]; Col. Daniel Ruggles [CS]
Forces Engaged: 3 gunboats [US]; battery garrison [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 10 total
Description: Three Union naval vessels bombarded Confederate batteries near the mouth of Aquia Creek that were built to protect the northern terminus of the railroad to Richmond. Confederates feared a landing of troops, but this did not materialize. Results of the bombardment were inconclusive, although the batteries were later withdrawn.
Results: Inconclusive

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