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The Battle of Port Walthall Junction
May 6-7, 1864

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Other Names: None
Location: Chesterfield County, VA
Campaign: Bermuda Hundred Campaign (May-June 1864)

Principal Commanders:
Union: Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler [US]
Confederate: Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: 550 total

Description: In conjunction with the opening of Grantís Overland Campaign, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butlerís Army of the James, 33,000 strong, disembarked from transports at Bermuda Hundred on May 5, threatening the Richmond-Petersburg Railroad. On May 6, Hagoodís brigade stopped initial Federal probes at Port Walthall Junction. On May 7, a Union division drove Hagoodís and Johnsonís brigades from the depot and cut the railroad at Port Walthall Junction. Confederate defenders retired behind Swift Run Creek and awaited reinforcements.

Sources:
National Park Service
The Civil War, American Heritage (Doubleday, 1960)


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