The Battle of Chelsea Creek

Date Saturday, May 27, 1775
Weather 65 degrees and cloudy
Location Suffolk County, Massachusetts
 

Great Britain

The US Colonies

Belligerents Great Britain United States
Commanders Samuel Graves, Thomas Graves George Washington
Casualties Force: 850
Killed: 2
Wounded: 32
Captured: 0
Force: 900
Killed: 0
Wounded: 4
Captured: 0

The  Battle of Chelsea Creek was the second military engagement of the Boston campaign of the American Revolutionary War. It is also known as the Battle of Noddle's Island, Battle of Hog Island and the Battle of the Chelsea Estuary. This battle was fought on May 27 and 28, 1775, on Chelsea Creek and on salt marshes, mudflats, and islands of Boston Harbor, northeast of the Boston peninsula. Most of these areas have since been united with the mainland by land reclamation and are now part of East Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere.

The British colonists met their goal of strengthening the siege of Boston by removing livestock and hay on those islands from the reach of the British regulars. The British armed schooner Diana was also destroyed and its weaponry was appropriated by the Colonial side. This was the first naval capture of the war, and it was a significant boost to the morale of the Colonial forces.