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Results of the bombardment were inconclusive, although the batteries were later withdrawn.
Location: Stafford County
Campaign: Blockade of the Chesapeake Bay (May-June 1861) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): 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