The Battle of Darbytown Road: October 13, 1864



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Name: The Battle of Darbytown Road

Other Names: Alms House

Location: Henrico County

Campaign: Richmond-Petersburg Campaign (June 1864-March 1865)

Date: October 13, 1864

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Alfred Terry [US]; Lt. Gen. Richard Anderson [CS]

Forces Engaged: Corps

Estimated Casualties: 950 total

Description: On October 13, Union forces advanced to find and feel the new Confederate defensive line in front of Richmond. While mostly a battle of skirmishers, a Federal brigade assaulted fortifications north of Darbytown Road and was repulsed with heavy casualties. The Federals retired to their entrenched lines along New Market Road.

Result: Confederate victory1

Full Summary: Coming Soon


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    Jim Sanders January 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    My ancestor John D. Laurie fought in this battle. He was wounded and captured. He was later paroled and died of his wounds on Nov 3. Learning about the lives of my civil war ancestors has been quite enlightening. One of my ancestors was wounded, captured and later died of his wounds. I learned this by ordering their service and pension records. However at $75 per pension record file ordering them from NARA can be very expensive. I was able to hire a profession genealogist from the NARA area. I paid less than 1/2 of what I would have if I order them directly from NARA. I also received the copies much faster. See my blog about the details at Civil War Ancestors.

    Regards, Jim

    bschulte January 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm


    Thanks for commenting! And thank you also for the tip on obtaining pension records in a more cost effective manner. I’ve ordered NARA microfilm records before and I know how expensive this can be.


    Myrlene Johnston Jack August 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

    My Great Grandfather Joseph (Joe) Johnston (Johnson) was Co. H 8th Georgia Reg’t Floyd Co Georgia Inf. He appears on an Inspection Report of Anderson’s Brigade commanded by George T. Anderson. The report is dated Near Petersburg Va. August 8 1864 as sick at Gen Hosp. signed by T. E. Murphy..

    My great Grandfather Joe Johnston Lt. Co H, 8 Regt., Ga. Inf. appears on a LIST of Casualties, in the 8th Reg’t. Georgia Inf., Anderson’s Brigade, during the year 1864.. His LIST dated March 5 1865..;
    Where wounded or captured? Darby Town Road
    Date of wound or capture? Oct 7 1864
    Nature of wound? Severely in the Breast.
    (His mother gave him a small bible that was in his breast pocket. It saved his life)

    My Great grandfather J. Johnson entered as a Pvt. age 24 On May 18 1861 in Rome Georgia under Capt E. J Magruders Company of Georgia Volunteers, known as Rome Light Guards, Cherokee Artillery. The Company mustered-in at Howards Grove near Richmond VA. June 4 1861.

    My Great Grandfather J. Johnston 2nd Lt. Co H 8 Regiment Georgia Volunteers appears on LIST of Prisoner of War belonging to the Army of Northern Virginia,who have been this day surrendered by General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A commanding said Army, to Lieut. Genl. US. Grant, commanding Armies of the United States.
    Done at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. April 9, 1865.

    Source: Atlanta State Archives, Atlanta Georgia. Photo Copies of Civil War Military and Hospital Records.

    FYI: Those of you who are looking for your Civil War Ancestors that were in the Battle of Petersburg and Darby Town road were taken to Macon Georgia and were prisoners of War in Andersonville which is called Americas Auschwitz.

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