Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road Facts

October 27–28, 1864

Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road 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.

Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant

The Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road was Ulysses S. Grant’s last Union attempt to threaten Richmond during 1864. [Wikimedia Commons]

Also Known As

  • Second Battle of Fair Oaks


  • October 27 – 28, 1864


  • Henrico County, Virginia, southeast of Richmond


Principal Union Commanders

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 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 100 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Confederate victory

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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