Jerusalem Plank Road, VA

Date(s): June 21-24, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.

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

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

  • Early stages of the siege of Petersburg.

Commanders:

  • Union:  Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George G. Meade

  • Confederate: Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill

Principal Forces: Corps

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Description:

  • On June 21, the Union II Corps, supported by the VI Corps, attempted to cut the Weldon Railroad, one of the major supply lines into Petersburg.

  • The movement was preceded by Wilsonís cavalry division which began destroying tracks.

  • On June 22, troops from Lt. Gen. A.P. Hillís corps led by Brig. Gen. William Mahone counterattacked, forcing the II Corps away from the railroad to positions on the Jerusalem Plank Road.

  • Although the Federals were driven from their advanced positions, they were able to extend their siege lines farther to the west.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: B

Casualties3:

  • Union: 3,000

  • Confederate: 572

Results: Inconclusive

Battlefield Website: 

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 03/22/2013