Battle of Globe Tavern

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Battle of Globe Tavern
2nd Weldon Railroad, Yellow Tavern, Yellow House, Blick’s Station
Began:

August 18, 1864

Ended:

August 21, 1864

Location:

Dinwiddie County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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V Corps, Army of the Potomac

Third Corps, Army of Northern Virginia

Commanders

Gouverneur K. Warren
Major General, USA

A.P. Hill
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength

20,000

14–15,000

Casualties

4,296
Killed: 251
Wounded: 1,148
Missing or captured: 2,897

1,620
Killed: 211
Wounded: 990
Missing or captured: 419

  

While Hancock’s command demonstrated north of the James River at Deep Bottom, the Union V Corps and elements of the IX and II Corps under command of Maj. Gen. G.K. Warren were withdrawn from the Petersburg entrenchments to operate against the Weldon Railroad. At dawn August 18, Warren advanced, driving back Confederate pickets until reaching the railroad at Globe Tavern. In the afternoon, Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s division attacked driving Ayres’s division back toward the tavern. Both sides entrenched during the night. On August 19, Maj. Gen. William Mahone, whose division had been hastily returned from north of James River, attacked with five infantry brigades, rolling up the right flank of Crawford’s division. Heavily reinforced, Warren counterattacked and by nightfall had retaken most of the ground lost during the afternoon’s fighting. On the 20th, the Federals laid out and entrenched a strong defensive line covering the Blick House and Globe Tavern and extending east to connect with the main Federal lines at Jerusalem Plank Road. On August 21, Hill probed the new Federal line for weaknesses but could not penetrate the Union defenses. With the fighting at Globe Tavern, Grant succeeded in extending his siege lines to the west and cutting Petersburg’s primary rail connection with Wilmington, North Carolina. The Confederates were now forced to off-load rail cars at Stony Creek Station for a 30-mile wagon haul up Boydton Plank Road to reach Petersburg. Confederate general John C.C. Sanders was killed on August 21. (NPS summary)

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