On May 27, 1862, elements of Union Brigadier General Fitz John Porter's V Corps extended north to protect the right flank of General McClellan's Union army that now straddled the Chickahominy River. Porter's objective was to cut the railroad and to open the Telegraph Road for Union reinforcements under Major General Irvin McDowell that were marching south from Fredericksburg.
Confederate forces, attempting to prevent this maneuver, were defeated just south of Hanover Courthouse after a stiff fight.
The Union victory was moot, however, for McDowell's reinforcements were recalled to Fredericksburg upon word of Banks's rout at First Winchester.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Hanover County
Campaign: Peninsular Campaign (March-September 1862) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): May 27, 1862
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Fitz John Porter [US]; Brigadier General Lawrence O'B. Branch [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 1,327 total (US 397; CS 930)