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Battle of Fort Brooke
Part of the American Civil War
Date October 16–18, 1863
Location Tampa, Florida
Result Union victory
Belligerents
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders
A.A. Semmes John Westcott
Strength
USS Tahoma, USS Adela 2nd Florida Infantry, Company A
Casualties and losses
16 Unknown

The Battle of Fort Brooke was a minor engagement fought October 16–18, 1863, near Tampa, Florida, during the American Civil War.

Two Union Navy ships, USS Tahoma and USS Adela, bombarded Fort Brooke on October 16, 1863, 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 enemy steamers.

Harris and his men surprised and burned the blockade runner Scottish Chief and the sloop Kate Dale a few miles up the river near the site of today's Lowry Park Zoo.[1] The Confederate defenders 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, the 2nd Florida Infantry Battalion, causing casualties in a brief but sharp exchange before the Union troops returned to sea.

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