Portrait of Robert E. Lee

The Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads was General Robert E. Lee’s last offensive north of the James River during the Civil War. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads Facts

1864-10-07-00

Key facts about the Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Fair Oaks II
  • Second Battle of Fair Oaks

Date

  • October 27–28, 1864

Location

  • Henrico County, Virginia, southeast of Richmond

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

  • Major General Benjamin Butler
  • Major General Alfred Terry
  • Major General Godfrey Weitzel
  • Major General August Kautz
  • Major General Alfred Terry

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the James (10th Corps, 18th Corps, Kautz’s Cavalry)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia (1st Corps, 4th Corps, cavalry corps)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 1,603 (36 killed, 358 wounded, 43 captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 100 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads was a Union victory because General Robert E. Lee failed in his attempt to regain the ground he lost at the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm and New Market.
  • The Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads was General Robert E. Lee’s last offensive north of the James River during the Civil War.

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads Facts
  • Coverage 1864-10-07-00
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date November 28, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 19, 2021
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