Fort Brooke, FL

Date(s): October 16-18, 1863

Location: Battlefield Unavailable - Lost Integrity

Campaign(s): Expedition to Hillsborough River [1863]



  • Union: Lt. Comdr. A. A. Semmes 

  • Confederate: Capt. John Westcott

Principal Forces:

  • Union: U.S.S. Tahoma, U.S.S. Adela, and landing force

  • Confederate: Company A, 2nd Battalion, Florida Volunteers


  • 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.

  • Confederate forces destroyed the steamer A. B. Noyes to prevent her capture.

  • On its way back to the ship, Harris’ force was surprised by a detachment from the garrison.

  • Fort Brooke is captured by a Federal landing party from the U.S.S. Adela on May 6, 1864 and abandoned two days later.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification1: D

Casualties2: Unknown

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Florida Tourism

Resources: Fort Brooke, FL Civil War

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1 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

2 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.