Location: Stafford County, Virginia
Campaign: Blockade of the Chesapeake Bay (May-June 1861)
Date: May 29-June 1, 1861
Cdr. James H. Ward [US];
Col. Daniel Ruggles [CS]
Forces Engaged: 3 gunboats [US]; battery garrison [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 10 total
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 Results of the bombardment were inconclusive, although the batteries were later withdrawn.