Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads

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Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads
Johnson’s Farm, Fourmile Creek
Began:

October 7, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Henrico County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

David B. Birney
Major General, USA
August V. Kautz
Brigadier General, USA

Robert Hoke
Major General, CSA
Charles W. Field
Major General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

458

700

  

Responding to the loss of Fort Harrison and the increasing Federal threat against Richmond, Gen. Robert E. Lee directed an offensive against the Union far right flank on October 7. After routing the Federal cavalry from their position covering Darbytown Road, Field’s and Hoke’s divisions assaulted the main Union defensive line along New Market Road and were repulsed. Confederate Gen. John Gregg of the Texas brigade was killed. The Federals were not dislodged, and Lee withdrew into the Richmond defenses. (NPS summary)

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