Minor Scouts, Actions and Skirmishes

   

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In addition to the ten major offensives against Petersburg, there were dozens of minor scouts, actions, and skirmishes during the Siege of Petersburg.  One of the goals of The Siege of Petersburg Online is to find out and share information about these lesser actions. The complete list of these events as found in the Official Records, Serial Numbers 80, 87, and 95 is reproduced below. Items in italics are not found in the summary sections at the front of each volume of the Official Records, and have been added here due to references found in various first person accounts and other sources on the Siege of Petersburg.  My ultimate goal is to catalog and write about as many of the listed fights as possible.

List of Skirmishes and Actions During the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

JUNE 13-JULY 31, 1864. – The Richmond (Virginia) Campaign.

June 13, 1864.
– Skirmish at White Oak Swamp.
– Skirmish at Riddell’s Shop.
– Naval Skirmish Between Cox’s Mill and Dutch Gap. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)1

June 14, 1864.
Skirmish near Harrison’s Landing.
Skirmish at Turkey Bend. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)2

June 15, 1864.
Skirmish at Malvern Hill.
Skirmish near Smith’s Store.
Skirmish at White Oak Swamp. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)3

June 16, 1864.
– Action on the Bermuda Hundred front.

June 16-17, 1864.
– Actions at Fort Clifton.+

June 17, 1864.
Skirmish on the Bermuda Hundred front.

June 18, 1864.
Skirmish at King and Queen Court-House.++

June 20, 1864.
Skirmish at White House.
Skirmish at King and Queen Court-House.++

June 21, 1864.
– Action at Howlett’s Bluff.*
Skirmish at White House or Saint Peter’s Church
Skirmish at Black Creek, or Tunstall’s Station.+
– Skirmish at Davis Farm.

June 22, 1864.
Skirmish at Reams’ Station
– Grover House, Deep Bottom. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)4

June 23, 1864.
Skirmish at Jones’ Bridge.+
– Skirmish at Black and White’s.
– Action at Deep Bottom. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)5

June 24, 1864.
Action at Hare’s Hill.

June 25, 1864
Skirmish at Staunton River Bridge, or Roanoke Station (25th)

June 28, 1864.
Action at Howlett’s Bluff.*

June 29, 1864.
– Engagement at Four Mile Creek. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)

June 30, 1864.

– Skirmish Near Hare’s Hill. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)

June 30-July 1, 1864.
– Actions on Four-Mile Creek, at Deep Bottom.*

July 11-12, 1864.

– Expedition to Cox’s Wharf. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)

July 12, 1864.
Skirmish at Warwick Swamp.
Skirmish at Turkey Creek (and Lee’s Mill).*

July 14, 1864.
– Action at Malvern Hill.*

July 16, 1864.
Action at Four-Mile Creek.*
Action at Malvern Hill.*

July 17, 1864.
Skirmish at Herring Creek.

July 21-27, 1864.

Skirmishes at Deep Bottom. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)

July 27, 1864.
– Skirmish near Lee’s Mill.

July 28, 1864.
– Action at Four-Mile Creek.*

July 30, 1864.
Skirmish at Lee’s Mill.

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* Of some of the minor conflicts noted in this Summary no circumstantial reports are on file.

+ For Union naval reports, see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 5, 1864.

++ For reports, see Vol. XXXVI, Part I.

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AUGUST 1-DECEMBER 31, 1864.-The Richmond (Virginia) Campaign.+

August 1, 1864.
– Skirmish at Deep Bottom.

August 3, 1864.
– Action near Wilcox’s Landing.+

August 4, 1864.
– Action near Harrison’s Landing.+

August 5, 1864.
– Explosion of Confederate mine in front of the Eighteenth Army Corps.
Skirmish at Cabin Point.

August 11-14, 1864.
Reconnaissance to Cabin Point. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)6

August 9, 1864.
– Explosion at City Point.
– Affair near Sycamore Church.

August 13, 1864.
– Action at Four-Mile Creek+ and Dutch Gap

August 16, 1864.
– Cavalry fight at White Oak Swamp.

August 18, 1864.
Skirmishes at Riddle’s Shop and Deep Run. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)7

August 22, 1864.
Skirmish on the Vaughan Road.

August 23, 1864.
Action on the Dinwiddie Road, near Reams’ Station.

August 24, 1864.
Skirmish near Reams’ Station.
Action on the Vaughan Road, near Reams’ Station.

August 25, 1864.
– Skirmish near Ware Bottom Church on the Bermuda Hundred Line. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)8

August 31, 1864.
Skirmish near the Davis House.

September 1, 1864
Skirmish at Red Tavern near Gurley House. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)

September 2, 1864.
– Reconnaissance beyond Yellow Tavern, on Weldon Railroad.

September 3, 1864.
Affair near Sycamore Church.

September 5-6, 1864.
– Reconnaissance to Sycamore Church.

September 10, 1864.
– Assault on Confederate work at the Chimneys.

September 13, 1864.
Scout to Poplar Spring Church.

September 15, 1864.
Reconnaissance toward Dinwiddie Court-House, and skirmish.
– Reconnaissance toward Boydton Plank Road. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)9

September 16, 1864.
Action at Ebenezer Church. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)
Skirmish on Fifth Corps Picket Line. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)10

September 16-17, 1864.
– Affair at Coggins’ Point (16th) and pursuit of the Confederates.

September 19, 1864.
Scout to Lee’s Mill and Proctor’s House.

September 29, 1864.
– Reconnaissance to Poplar Spring Church. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)

September 30, 1864.
Reconnaissance to the Armstrong House on Telegraph Road. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)

October 1, 1864
– Skirmish at New Market Road. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)
Reconnaissance Toward Richmond on Darbytown Road. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)11

October 4, 1864
Skirmish Northwest of Pegram House. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)12

October 8, 1864.
Reconnaissance on the Vaughan and Squirrel Level Roads.

October 11-12, 1864.
Scout toward Stony Creek Station.

October 16-18, 1864.
Federal expedition from City Point into Surry County.

October 22, 1864.
– James River skirmish near Fort Brady.

October 27, 1864.
– Skirmish in front of Fort Morton and Fort Sedgwick.

October 29, 1864.
Skirmish at Johnson’s Farm.

October 30, 1864.
– Capture of Union Pickets at Fort Davis.

November 1- 5, 1864.
– Scout from Bermuda Hundred into Charles City County.

November 5, 1864.
– Skirmishes in front of Forts Haskell and Morton.

November 7, 1864.
– Reconnaissance toward Stony Creek.

November 16, 1864.
– Skirmish near Lee’s Mill.

November 17, 1864.
– Skirmish at Bermuda Hundred.

November 18, 1864.
– Federal scout to Disputanta.

November 24, 1864.
– Skirmish near Prince George Court-House.

November 27, 1864.
– Explosion of the Federal vessel, Greyhound, Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler’s
floating headquarters on the James River, possibly by Confederate agents.

November 28, 1864.
– Scout toward Stony Creek Station.

November 29, 1864.
– Engagement of Federal ironclads with Howlett’s Battery.

December 1, 1864.
– Expedition to Stony Creek Station, and skirmish.

December 4, 1864.
– Skirmish near Davenport Church.

December 5-6, 1864.
– Engagement of Federal ironclads with Howlett’s Battery.

December 7, 1864.
Action Above Dutch Gap. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)13

December 8, 1864.
– Skirmish at Hatcher’s Run.
9th Virginia Cavalry vs 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry near Bolling’s Bridge. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)14
Skirmish near Coman’s Well. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)15

December 9, 1864.
Skirmish at Three Creeks. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)16
– Skirmish at Belfield.

December 9-10, 1864.
– Reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run, and skirmishes.

December 10, 1864.
– Skirmish in front of Fort Holly.
Skirmish North of Three Creeks. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)17
Skirmish at Jarratt’s Station. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)18

December 20, 1864.
Scout down Lee’s Mill Road.

December 31, 1864.
– Picket line action between Scales’ and McGowan’s Sharpshooter Battalions and Sixth Corps picket line.

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+ For Union naval reports, see Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy, December 5, 1864.

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JANUARY 1-APRIL 3, 1865.-The Richmond (Virginia) Campaign.

January 1, 1865.
– Blowing Up of the Bulkheads of Dutch Gap Canal.

January 9, 1865.
Skirmish near Disputanta Station.

January 11, 1865.
Skirmish near Warwick Swamp.

January 23-24, 1865.
Action at Fort Brady, James River. (Attempted Passage by the Confederate Squadron of the Obstructions in Trent’s Reach.)

January 25, 1865.
Skirmish near Powhatan.

January 29, 1865
Reconnaissance to Riddell’s Shop.
Scout to White’s Tavern on the Charles City Road.

January 30, 1865.
Scout to Long Bridge and Bottom’s Bridge.

February 9, 1865.
– General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army, assumes command of the Confederate armies.

February 17, 1865.
– Skirmish on Bermuda Hundred.

March 7, 1865.
Scout to Lee’s Mill.

March 8, 1865.
Scout to Disputanta Station.

March 25, 1865.
– Action at the Watkins House.
– Action at Fort Fisher.

March 27, 1865.
Action at McIlwaine’s Hill.

March 29, 1865.
Skirmish at the junction of the Quaker and Boydton Roads.
Skirmish on the Vaughan Road, near Hatcher’s Run.
Skirmish at Dinwiddie Court House. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)19

March 30, 1865.
Skirmish on the line of Hatcher’s Run and Gravelly Run.
Skirmish near Five Forks.

March 31, 1865.
Action at Hatcher’s Run, or Boydton Road.
Action at Crow’s House.

April 1, 1865.
Skirmish at the White Oak Road.
Action at Little Cat Tail Creek. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)20
24th Corps Skirmish near Hatcher’s Run. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)21

April 2, 1865.
Skirmish at Gravelly Ford, on Hatcher’s Run.
Action at Scott’s Cross-Roads.
Action on the Bermuda Hundred Line. (Not listed in Official Records Summary Section)22

April 3, 1865.
Occupation of Richmond and Petersburg by the Union forces.

Sources:

  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), pp. 14, 15.
  2. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 37.
  3. Clark, Walter. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, Volume 3 (Nash Brothers: 1901), pp. 77-80, 82
  4. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3): 100th New York entry.
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  8. Mowris, J.A., A History of the One Hundred and Seventeenth Regiment, N.Y. Volunteers. Hartford, Case, Lockwood, & Co., 1866, p. 130: In a skirmish on the Bermuda Hundred line on August 25, 1864 the 117th NY lost some men as prisoners.
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  14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), p. 612.
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  19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), p. 119.
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