Portrait of Robert E. Lee

The Battle of Darbytown Road was a Confederate victory because the Federals failed in their attempt to prevent General Robert E. Lee from constructing new defenses east of Richmond, prolonging the Petersburg Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Darbytown Road Facts

October 13, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Darbytown Road, also known as the Battle of Alms House.


Also Known As

  • Battle of Alms House


  • October 13, 1864


  • Henrico County, Virginia, southeast of Richmond


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • General Robert E. Lee
  • Major General Richard H. Anderson
  • Major Generals Charles Field
  • Major General Robert Hoke

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the James (10th Corps)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Field’s and Hoke’s Divisions

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 437 (36 killed, 358 wounded, 43 captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 513 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Confederate victory

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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


Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Darbytown Road Facts
  • Coverage October 13, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Darbytown Road
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 16, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 3, 2022