Ream's Station, VA II

Date(s): August 25, 1864

Campaign: Richmond-Petersburg Campaign [June 1864-March 1865]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

Commanders:

  • Union: Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Henry Heth

Principal Forces: Corps

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Description:

  • On August 24th, Union II Corps moved south along the Weldon Railroad, tearing up track, preceded by Gregg’s cavalry division.

  • On August 25th, Maj. Gen. Henry Heth attacked and overran the faulty Union position at Ream’s Station, capturing 9 guns, 12 colors, and many prisoners.

  • The old Union II Corps was shattered. 

  • Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock withdrew to the main Union line near the Jerusalem Plank Road, bemoaning the declining combat effectiveness of his troops.

Slide Presentation: None

Classification2: B

Casualties3: 3,492 total

  • Union:

  • Confederate:

Results: Confederate 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 02/08/2013