Two Union ships bombarded Fort Brooke on October 16 as a diversion, while a landing party under Acting Master T.R. Harris disembarked at Ballast Point and marched 14 miles to the Hillsborough River to capture several steamers.
Harris and his men surprised and captured the blockade running steamer Scottish Chief and sloop Kate Dale.
The Rebels destroyed the steamer A.B. Noyes to preclude her capture.
On its way back to the ship, Harris's force was surprised by a detachment of the garrison, causing casualties.
Result(s): Union victory
Campaign: Expedition to Hillsborough River (1863)
Date(s): October 16-18, 1863
Principal Commanders: Lieutenant Comdr. A.A. Semmes [US];
Capt. John Westcott [CS]
Forces Engaged: Union Navy: Tahoma, Adela, and landing force [US]; Company A, 2nd Battalion, Florida Volunteers [CS]
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