Globe Tavern, VA

Date(s): August 18-21, 1864

Campaign(s): Richmond-Petersburg Campaign [June 1864-March 1865]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

Commanders:

  • Union: Maj. Gen. G. K. Warren

  • Confederate: Gen. Robert E. Lee, Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill, Maj. Gen. Henry Heth, and Maj. Gen. William Mahone

Principal Forces: Corps (34,300 total)

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Description:

  • While Hancock’s command demonstrated north of the James River at Deep Bottom, the Union V Corps and elements of the IX and II Corps under command of Maj. Gen. G. K. Warren were withdrawn from the Petersburg entrenchments to operate against the Weldon Railroad.

  • At dawn August 18th, Warren advanced, driving back Confederate pickets until reaching the railroad at Globe Tavern.

  • In the afternoon, Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s division attacked driving Ayres’s division back toward the tavern.

  • Both sides entrenched during the night.

  • On August 19th, Maj. Gen. William Mahone, whose division had been hastily returned from north of James River, attacked with five infantry brigades, rolling up the right flank of Crawford’s division.

  • Heavily reinforced, Warren counterattacked and by nightfall had retaken most of the ground lost during the afternoon’s fighting.

  • On the 20th, the Federals laid out and entrenched a strong defensive line covering the Blick House and Globe Tavern and extending east to connect with the main Federal lines at Jerusalem Plank Road.

  • On August 21st, Hill probed the new Federal line for weaknesses but could not penetrate the Union defenses.

  • With the fighting at Globe Tavern, Grant succeeded in extending his siege lines to the west and cutting Petersburg’s primary rail connection with Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • The Confederates were now forced to off-load rail cars at Stony Creek Station for a 30-mile wagon haul up Boydton Plank Road to reach Petersburg.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: B

Casualties3:

  • Union: 4,279

  • Confederate: 1,600

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites: 

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/29/2013