Battle of Tampa
The purpose of the Battle of Tampa
On June 30, a Union gunboat came into Tampa Bay, turned her broadside on the town, and opened her ports. The gunboat then dispatched a launch carrying 20 men and a lieutenant under a flag of truce demanding the surrender of Tampa.The Confederates refused, and the gunboat opened fire. The officer then informed the Confederates that shelling would commence at 6:00 pm after allowing time to evacuate non-combatants from the city.Firing continued sporadically into the afternoon of July 1, when the Federal gunboat withdrew..
It went on for 1 day.. From June 30,1862-July 1, 1862
One gunboat [US]; Osceola Rangers, company [CS]