Battle of Boydton Plank Road

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Battle of Boydton Plank Road
1st Hatcher’s Run, Burgess’ Mill
Began:

October 27, 1864

Ended:

October 28, 1864

Location:

Dinwiddie County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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II Corps, V Corps, IX Corps,
Army of the Potomac

Third Corps, Army of Northern Virginia

Commanders

Winfield Scott Hancock
Major General, USA

Henry Heth
Major General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

1,758

1,300

  

Directed by Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, divisions from three Union corps (II, V, and IX) and Gregg’s cavalry division, numbering more than 30,000 men, withdrew from the Petersburg lines and marched west to operate against the Boydton Plank Road and South Side Railroad. The initial Union advance on October 27 gained the Boydton Plank Road, a major campaign objective. But that afternoon, a counterattack near Burgess’ Mill spearheaded by Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s division and Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry isolated the II Corps and forced a retreat. The Confederates retained control of the Boydton Plank Road for the rest of the winter. (NPS summary)

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