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Tampa Bay
Civil War Florida


American Civil War
June 30-July 1, 1862

On June 30, a Union gunboat came into Tampa Bay, turned her broadside on the town, and opened her ports. The gunboat then dispatched a launch carrying 20 men and a lieutenant under a flag of truce demanding the surrender of Tampa.

The Confederates refused, and the gunboat opened fire. The officer then informed the Confederates that shelling would commence at 6:00 pm after allowing time to evacuate non-combatants from the city.

Firing continued sporadically into the afternoon of July 1, when the Federal gunboat withdrew.

Also known as: Yankee Outrage at Tampa

Result(s): Confederate victory (Inconclusive, but Union gunboat withdrew.)

Location: City of Tampa

Campaign: Operations against Tampa (June-July 1862) only battle in campaign Campaigns

Date(s): June 30-July 1, 1862

Principal Commanders: Capt. A.J. Drake [US]; Capt. J.W. Pearson [CS]

Forces Engaged: One gunboat [US]; Osceola Rangers, company [CS]

Estimated Casualties: None


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