Second Battle of Deep Bottom

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Second Battle of Deep Bottom
Fussell's Mill
New Market Road, Bailey’s Creek, Charles City Road, White’s Tavern
Began:

August 13, 1864

Ended:

August 20, 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

Robert E. Lee
General, CSA
Charles Field
Major General, CSA

Strength

28,000

8,500–20,000

Casualties

2,899
Killed: 327
Wounded: 1,851
Missing or captured: 721

1,500
Killed: 200
Wounded: 900
Missing or captured: 400

  

During the night of August 13-14, the Union II Corps, X Corps, and Gregg’s cavalry division, all under command of Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, crossed James River at Deep Bottom to threaten Richmond, coordinating with a movement against the Weldon Railroad at Petersburg. On August 14, the X Corps closed on New Market Heights while the II Corps extended the Federal line to the right along Bailey’s Creek. During the night, the X Corps was moved to the far right flank of the Union line near Fussell’s Mill. On August 16, Union assaults near Fussell’s Mill were initially successful, but Confederate counterattacks drove the Federals out of a line of captured works. Heavy fighting continued throughout the remainder of the day. Confederate general John Chambliss was killed during cavalry fighting on Charles City Road. After continual skirmishing, the Federals returned to the southside of the James on the 20th, maintaining their bridgehead at Deep Bottom. (NPS summary)

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