Battle of Hatcher's Run Facts

February 5–7, 1865

Hatcher's Run 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 John Pegram

Confederate Brigadier General John Pegram perished during the Battle of Hatcher’s Run. [Wikimedia Commons]

Also Known As

  • Battle of Dabney’s Mill
  • Battle of Rowanty Creek
  • Battle of Armstrong’s Mill


  • February 5–7, 1865


  • Dinwiddie County, southwest of Petersburg, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Major General John B. Gordon
  • Brigadier General John Pegram
  • Major General William Mahone
  • Brigadier General Clement A. Evans

Union Forces Engaged

  • 2nd Corps, the 5th Army Corps
  • Gregg’s cavalry division
  • Reinforcements from the 6th and 9th Army Corps

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • 2nd Corps (Army of Northern Virginia)
  • Pegram’s Division (Army of Northern Virginia)
  • Mahone’s Division (Army of Northern Virginia)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 34,517

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 13,835

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 1,539 (171 killed, 1,181 wounded, and 187 captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 1,161 (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)


  • Union victory


  • The Battle of Hatcher’s Run was the first major battle in Virginia in 1865.

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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