Battle of Ware Bottom Church

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Battle of Ware Bottom Church
Began:

May 20, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Chesterfield County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Bermuda Hundred Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

Benjamin F. Butler
Major General, USA

P.G.T. Beauregard
General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

1,500 total US and CS

1,500 total US and CS

  

On May 20, Confederate forces under Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard attacked Butler's Bermuda Hundred line near Ware Bottom Church. About 10,000 troops were involved in this action. After driving back Butler's advanced pickets, the Confederates constructed the Howlett Line, effectively bottling up the Federals at Bermuda Hundred. Confederate victories at Proctor's Creek and Ware Bottom Church enabled Beauregard to detach strong reinforcements for Lee's army in time for the fighting at Cold Harbor. (NPS summary)