Battle of Globe Tavern Facts

August 18–21, 1864

Globe Tavern 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 Gouverneur K. Warren

Major General Gouverneur K. Warren’s triumph at the Battle of Globe Tavern was the first Union victory of the Petersburg Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]

Also Known As

  • Second Battle of Weldon Railroad
  • Battle of Yellow Tavern
  • Battle of Yellow House
  • Battle of Blick’s Station


  • August 18–21, 1864


  • Dinwiddie County, about six miles south of Petersburg, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

  • Major General Gouverneur K. Warren
  • Brigadier General Charles Griffin
  • Brigadier General Samuel Crawford
  • Brigadier General Romeyn Ayres
  • Major General John G. Parke

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 5th and 9th Corps (Army of the Potomac)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • 3 brigades from Major General A.P. Hill’s Corps
  • Major General W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee’s cavalry division
  • 3 infantry brigades commanded by Major General William Mahone

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 20,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 15,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 4,000 (251 killed, 1,148 wounded, and 2,897 missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 1,600 casualties for the Confederacy (211 killed, 990 wounded, and 419 missing/captured)


  • Union victory


  • The Battle of Globe Tavern the first Union victory of the Petersburg Campaign.
  • Following the Battle of Globe Tavern, supplies coming into Petersburg over the Weldon Railroad had to be offloaded south of Globe Tavern and then shipped north in wagons along the Boydton Plank Road.

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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