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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.

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



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