Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road

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Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road
First Battle of Weldon Railroad
Began:

June 21, 1864

Ended:

June 24, 1864

Location:

Dinwiddie County and Petersburg, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

Outcome:

Inconclusive

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Combatants
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II Corps and VI Corps,
Army of the Potomac

3rd Corps,
Army of Northern Virginia

Commanders

David B. Birney
Major General, USA
Horatio G. Wright
Major General, USA

A.P. Hill
Lieutenant General, CSA
William Mahone
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

2,962

572

  

On June 21, the Union II Corps, supported by the VI Corps, attempted to cut the Weldon Railroad, one of the major supply lines into Petersburg. The movement was preceded by Wilson’s cavalry division which began destroying tracks. On June 22, troops from Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill’s corps led by Brig. Gen. William Mahone counterattacked, forcing the II Corps away from the railroad to positions on the Jerusalem Plank Road. Although the Federals were driven from their advanced positions, they were able to extend their siege lines farther to the west. (NOS summary)

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