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The '''Battle of Old Church''' was a cavalry battle fought on May 30, 1864 several miles east of Mechanicsville, Virginia near the banks of Matadequin Creek. With Lieutenant General [[Ulysses S. Grant]]'s [[Overland Campaign]] stalled along the Totopotomoy Creek line, Federal cavalry began probing east and south looking for weakness along the flanks. On May 30, a division under Brigadier General Alfred Torbert attacked and defeated a Confederate brigade near Old Church, driving Brigadier General Matthew Butler's troopers south towards Cold Harbor.
The Battle of Old Church, though relatively minor, lead the way to the bloody [[Battle of Cold Harbor]] the following day.