Deep Bottom I
Darbytown, Strawberry Plains
Civil War in Virginia


American Civil War
July 27-29, 1864

During the night of July 26-27, the Union II Corps and two divisions of US General Sheridan's cavalry under command of  Major General Winfield Scott Hancock crossed to the north side of James River to threaten Richmond.

This demonstration diverted Confederate forces from the impending attack at Petersburg on July 30.

Union efforts to turn the Confederate position at New Market Heights and Fussell's Mill were abandoned when the Confederates strongly reinforced their lines and counterattacked.

During the night of July 29, the Federals recrossed the river leaving a garrison as heretofore to hold the bridgehead at Deep Bottom.

Result(s): Confederate victory

Location: Henrico County

Campaign: Richmond Petersburg Campaign (June 1864-March 1865) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign

Date(s): July 27-29, 1864

Principal Commanders: Major General Winfield Scott Hancock [US]; Major General Charles Field [CS]

Forces Engaged: Corps

Estimated Casualties: 1,000 total

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