Battle of Chester Station Facts

May 10, 1864

Chester Station Battle facts, including dates, location, casualties, leaders, who won, and more interesting facts you might not know. This fact sheet provides a quick overview of the battle and is for kids doing research and students preparing for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam.

Benjamin F. Butler portrait

On May 10, 1864, troops under the overall command of Major General Benjamin Butler (pictured here) fought an inconclusive minor engagement with General P. G. T. Beauregard’s Confederates near Chester Station, Virginia, during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]


  • May 10, 1864


  • Chesterfield County, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 1st Division, 10th Corps

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Seth Barton’s (Armistead’s) Brigade

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 3,400

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 2,000

Union Casualties

  • 280 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Confederate Casualties

  • 249 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Inconclusive


  • On May 10, elements of Confederate Major General Robert Ransom’s division conducted a reconnaissance-in-force against a portion of Major General Benjamin Butler’s army that was destroying the railroad at Chester Station.
  • After General Alfred Terry’s reinforcements arrived, the Yankees turned back Confederate assaults.

Timeline of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign

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