Deep Bottom, VA II
August 13-20, 1864
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Deep Bottom, Henrico, Virginia, United States
[June 1864-March 1865]
Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
wanted to cut the supply route through the rail head in Petersburg, Virginia, 27
miles south of the capital city, Richmond.
In an attempt to draw General Robert
E. Lee's troops from Petersburg, Grant staged a feint at
Richmond—the second Battle of Deep Bottom—using the X Corps, II Corps, and
Brig. Gen. David McM. Gregg's cavalry
Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Gen. Robert E. Lee and Maj. Gen. Charles Field
During the night of August 13-14th, units under
command of Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
crossed James River at Deep Bottom to threaten Richmond in conjunction with a
movement against the Weldon Railroad at Petersburg.
On August 14th, the X Corps closed on New Market
Heights while the II Corps extended the Federal line to the right along Bailey’s
During the night, the X Corps was moved to the far
right flank of the Union line near Fussell’s Mill.
Union assaults near Fussell’s Mill on August 16th
were initially successful, but Confederate counterattacks drove the Federals out
of a line of captured works.
Heavy fighting continued throughout the remainder
of the day.
Skirmishing continued until August 20th when the
Federals returned to the south side of the James but maintained their bridgehead
at Deep Bottom.
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