Name: The Battle of Lewis’s Farm
Other Names: Quaker Road, Military Road, Gravelly Road
Location: Dinwiddie County
Campaign: Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865)1
Date: March 29, 1865
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. G.K. Warren [US]; Maj. Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson [CS]
Forces Engaged: Corps
Estimated Casualties: 850 total (US 380; CS 370)
Description: On March 29, in the opening moves of Grant’s spring offensive, Sheridan marched with the army’s cavalry followed by the V Corps toward Dinwiddie Court House to turn the right flank of Lee’s Petersburg defenses. The Union V Corps under Maj. Gen. G.K. Warren crossed Rowanty Creek, moved up the Quaker Road toward the Boydton Plank Road intersection, and encountered Johnson’s Confederate brigades. A sharp firefight forced the Confederates back to their entrenchments on the White Oak Road.
Result: Union victory2
Full Summary: Coming soon
First Person Accounts:
Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Battle:
- Actions Around Petersburg Wikipedia Map: March 29-April 1, 1865
- Charge! Issue 13, Page 16: Lewis’s Farm (Quaker Road) by Christopher Maes
- G. K. Warren’s Downfall: How the Battles of Quaker Road and White Oak Road Cost Warren His Job
- MHSM Papers V6: Operations of the Fifth Corps on the Left, March 29 to Nightfall March 31, 1865: Gravelly Run
- The Battle of Lewis’s Farm: March 29, 1865
- The Battle of Quaker Road Christopher Maes Charge! Map, March 29, 1865
- The Battle of Quaker Road NPS Map: Aftermath
- The Battle of Quaker Road NPS Map: March 29, 1865
- The Battle of Quaker Road NPS Map: Prelude
- The Last Campaign of the War: Albert Stickney’s Unpublished Five Forks Manuscript, Chapter 1
- The CWSAC site classifies the final battles around Petersburg after Fort Stedman as belonging to the Appomattox Campaign. The Siege of Petersburg Online: Beyond the Crater classifies the six battles around Petersburg from March 29-April 2, 1865 as belonging to Grant’s Ninth Offensive against Petersburg, a part of the Petersburg Campaign. ↩
- CWSAC Battle Summary ↩
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