Battle of Taku Forts (1859)

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Second Battle of Taku Forts
Part of the Second Opium War
Taku Fort 2006.jpg
The Taku Forts
Date June 24–26, 1859
Location Taku Forts, Hai River, China
Result Chinese victory
 United Kingdom
 United States
Qing China
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom James Hope (WIA)
United States Josiah Tattnall
Flag of the Qing Dynasty (1862-1889).svg Sengge Rinchen
 United Kingdom
11 gunboats
4 steamers[1]
60 artillery pieces[2]
6 forts[2]
Casualties and losses
3 gunboats sunk
3 gunboats grounded[1]
81 killed[3]
345 wounded[3]
12 killed
23 wounded
1 launch damaged
1 killed
1 wounded
32 killed or wounded[2]

The Second Battle of Taku Forts was an Anglo-French attack against the Taku Forts along the Hai River in Tianjin, China, in June 1859 during the Second Opium War. A chartered American steamship arrived on scene and assisted the French and British in their attempted suppression of the forts.

The Pei-ho's river basin, known as the Hai River today. 
Map of the attack on 25 June 
A gun battery of the Taku Forts 


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  2. ^ a b c d The Second Battle of the Taku Forts (第二次大沽口之战) Archived September 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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