Portrait of Winfield Scott Hancock

The Battle of Boydton Plank Road was Major General Winfield Scott Hancock’s last battle of the Civil War. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Boydton Plank Road Facts

October 27–28, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Boydton Plank Road.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Burgess Mill
  • First Battle of Hatcher’s Run

Date

  • October 27-28, 1864

Location

  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia, south of Petersburg

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Two divisions from Major General Winfield Scott Hancock’s 2nd Corps
  • Major General Gouverneur K. Warren’s 5th Corps
  • Major General John G. Parke’s 9th Corps
  • Brigadier General David M. Gregg’s cavalry division

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Major General Henry Heth’s infantry division
  • Major General William Mahone infantry division
  • Major General Wade Hampton’s cavalry corps

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 30,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 11,700

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 1,758 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 1,300 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • Last major Civil War battle in Virginia in 1864.
  • Major General Winfield Scott Hancock’s last battle of the Civil War.
  • Fought in conjunction with the Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road.

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Petersburg Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Boydton Plank Road Facts
  • Coverage October 27–28, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Boydton Plank Road
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 21, 2022
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