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Battle of Taku Forts (1859)

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Second Battle of Taku Forts
Part of the Second Opium War

The Taku Forts
Date24-26 June 1859
Result Chinese victory
 British Empire
 French Empire
 United States
Qing China
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom James Hope (WIA)
United States Josiah Tattnall
Sengge Rinchen
1,160 (on land)[1]
11 gunboats
4 steam ships[1]
60 guns[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 killed
1 wounded
1 launch damaged
32 killed or wounded[2]

The Second Battle of Taku Forts was a failed Anglo-French attempt to seize 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.


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