Peebles' Farm, VA

Date(s): September 30-October 2, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.


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

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, Maj. Gen. John G. Parke, and Maj. Gen. G. K. Warren

  • Confederate: Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill and Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Corps

  • Confederate:


  • In combination with Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler’s offensive north of the James River, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant extended his left flank to cut Confederate lines of communication southwest of Petersburg.

  • Two divisions of the IX corps under Maj. Gen. John G. Parke, two divisions of the V Corps under Maj. Gen. G. K. Warren, and Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg’s cavalry division were assigned to the operation.

  • On September 30, the Federals marched via Poplar Spring Church to reach Squirrel Level and Vaughan Roads.

  • The initial Federal attack overran Fort Archer, flanking the Confederates out of their Squirrel Level Road line.

  • Late afternoon, Confederate reinforcements arrived, slowing the Federal advance.

  • On October 1, the Federals repulsed a Confederate counterattack directed by Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill.

  • The Union forces were reinforced by Maj. Gen. Gershom Mott’s division and   resumed their advance on the 2nd.

  • The Federal troops captured the lightly defended Fort MacRae and extended their left flank to the vicinity of Peebles’ and Pegram’s Farms.

  • After these limited successes, Meade suspended the offensive.

  • A new line was entrenched from the Federal works on Weldon Railroad to Pegram’s Farm.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: B

Casualties3: 3,800 total

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Results: Union Victory

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 03/08/2013