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The Battle of Sappony Church: June 28, 1864

Name: The Battle of Sappony Church

Other Names: Stony Creek Depot

Location: Sussex County

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

Date(s): June 28, 1864

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. James Wilson and Brig. Gen. August Kautz [US]; Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: 1,817 for entire raid

Description: Maj. Gen. William H.F. “Rooney” Lee’s cavalry division pursued Wilson’s and Kautz’s raiders who failed to destroy the Staunton River Bridge on June 25. Wilson and Kautz headed east and, on June 28, crossed the Nottoway River at the Double Bridges and headed north to Stony Creek Depot on the Weldon Railroad. Here, they were attacked by Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry division. Later in the day, William H.F. Lee’s Division arrived to join forces with Hampton, and the Federals were heavily pressured. During the night, Wilson and Kautz disengaged and pressed north on the Halifax Road for the supposed security of Reams Station, abandoning many fleeing slaves who had sought security with the Federal raiders.

Result(s): Confederate victory

Note: I will be writing full summaries of each battle in time.  For now, please see the sites listed below for more information.


First Person Accounts:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Battle:

    Source: CWSAC Battle Summary

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