First Battle of Deep Bottom

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First Battle of Deep Bottom
Began:

July 27, 1864

Ended:

July 29, 1864

Location:

Henrico County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

Winfield Scott Hancock
Major General, USA

Charles Field
Major General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

488
Killed: 62
Wounded: 340
Missing or captured: 86

679
Killed: 80
Wounded: 391
Missing or captured: 208

  

During the night of July 26-27, the Union II Corps and two divisions of Sheridan’s cavalry under command of Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock crossed to the north side of James River to threaten Richmond. This demonstration diverted Confederate forces from the impending attack at Petersburg on July 30. Union efforts to turn the Confederate position at New Market Heights and Fussell’s Mill were abandoned when the Confederates strongly reinforced their lines and counterattacked. During the night of July 29, the Federals recrossed the river leaving a garrison as heretofore to hold the bridgehead at Deep Bottom. (NPS summary)

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