The Battle of Fort Stedman: March 25, 1865
Name: The Battle of Fort Stedman
Other Names: None
Campaign: Richmond-Petersburg Campaign (June 1864-March 1865)
Date: March 25, 1865
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. John G. Parke [US]; Gen. Robert E. Lee and Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon [CS]
Forces Engaged: Corps
Estimated Casualties: 3,850 total (US 950; CS 2,900)
Description: In a last-gasp offensive, Gen. Robert E. Lee amassed nearly half of his army in an attempt to break through Grant’s Petersburg defenses and threaten his supply depot at City Point. Directed by Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon, the pre-dawn assault on March 25 overpowered the garrisons of Fort Stedman and Batteries X, XI, and XII. The Confederates were brought under a killing crossfire, and counterattacks led by Maj. Gens. Parke and Hartranft contained the breakthrough, cut off, and captured more than 1,900 of the attackers. During the day, elements of the II and VI Corps assaulted and captured the entrenched picket lines in their respective fronts, which had been weakened for the assault on Fort Stedman. This was a devastating blow for Lee’s army, setting up the Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1 and the fall of Petersburg on April 2-3.
Result: Union victory
Full Summary: Coming soon
First Person Accounts:
Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Battle:
- 865ch: Union Forces Engagement at Fort Stedman 25 March 1865
- B&L: Gordon’s Attack at Fort Stedman by George L. Kilmer
- B&L: The Recapture of Fort Stedman by John F. Hartranft
- Battle of Fort Stedman: March 25, 1865 (Battle of Fort Stedman, Hodgkins, 1889)
- Book Excerpt: The Petersburg Campaign Volume 2: The Western Front Battles September 1864-April 1865
- Charge! Issue 24, Page 2: The Battle of Fort Stedman by Doug Rogers
- LT: March 28, 1865 Philip W. Pringle
- MHSM Papers V5: The Siege of Petersburg after the Capture of the Weldon Railroad by Brevet Brigadier-General Francis A. Walker
- MOLLUS ME: With the Seventh Maine Battery by Brevet Major William B. Lapham
- NP: Philadelphia Weekly Times: A Campaign With Sharpshooters by Captain John D. Young
- NP: April 15, 1865 Columbus Sun: In the Trenches Near Petersburg
- NP: January 22, 1913 Bluffton (IN) Chronicle: Skirmish at Fort Stedman
- NP: June 24, 1894 Richmond Dispatch: A Deadly Assault at Fort Stedman, March 25, 1865
- NP: March 5, 1912 Beaver (PA) Daily Times: Anniversary of the Battle at Old Fort Stedman
- NP: May 27, 1934 West Middleton (PA) Press: Death of Lt. Colonel Pentecost, 100th PA
- Review In Brief: Mother, May You Never See The Sights I Have Seen
- SHS Papers: Volume 31: GORDON’S ASSAULT ON FORT STEDMAN, March 25th, 1865 – A brilliant Achievement
- The Battle of Fort Stedman Doug Rogers Charge! Map, March 25, 1865
- The Battle of Fort Stedman NPS Map: Aftermath
- The Battle of Fort Stedman NPS Map: March 25, 1865 4 AM
- The Battle of Fort Stedman NPS Map: March 25, 1865 6 AM
- The Battle of Fort Stedman NPS Map: March 25, 1865 8 AM
- The Battle of Fort Stedman NPS Map: Prelude
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