Globe Tavern, VA
August 18-21, 1864
[June 1864-March 1865]
Maj. Gen. G. K. Warren
Gen. Robert E. Lee, Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill, Maj. Gen.
Henry Heth, and Maj. Gen. William Mahone
Corps (34,300 total)
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 G. K. Warren were withdrawn from the Petersburg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.
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
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,
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
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