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Battle of White Oak Road

Battle of White Oak Road
Hatcher’s Run, Gravelly Run, Boydton Plank Road,
White Oak Ridge

March 31, 1865


Same day


Dinwiddie County, Virginia


Eastern Theater


Appomattox Campaign


Union victory

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V Corps,
Army of the Potomac

Anderson's Corps,
Army of Northern Virginia


Gouverneur K. Warren
Major General, USA

Robert E. Lee
General, CSA
Richard H. Anderson
Lieutenant General, CSA





On March 30, Lee shifted reinforcements to meet the Federal movement to turn his right flank, placing Maj. Gen. W.H. Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry divisions at Five Forks and transferring Pickett’s division from the Bermuda Hundred front to the extreme right. Warren pushed the V Corps forward and entrenched a line to cover the Boydton Plank Road from its intersection with Dabney Mill Road south to Gravelly Run. Ayres’s division advanced northwest toward White Oak Road. On March 31, in combination with Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s thrust via Dinwiddie Court House, Warren directed his corps against the Confederate entrenchments along White Oak Road, hoping to cut Lee’s communications with Pickett at Five Forks. The Union advance was stalled by a crushing counterattack directed by Maj. Gen. Bushrod Johnson, but Warren’s position stabilized and his soldiers closed on the road by day’s end. This fighting set up the Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1. (NPS summary)