Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road Facts

June 21–23, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road.

Portrait of Horatio Wright

When Major General Horatio Wright (pictured here) repeatedly ignored Major General George Meade’s orders to advance and to engage the enemy during the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, Meade called off the Union offensive. [Wikimedia Commons]

Also Known As

  • First Battle of Weldon Railroad


  • June 21–23, 1864


  • Dinwiddie County southeast of Petersburg, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 2nd Corps (Army of the Potomac)
  • 6th Corps (Army of the Potomac)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • 3rd Corps (Army of Northern Virginia)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 27,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 8,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 2,962 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 572 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Inconclusive

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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

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  • Article Title Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road Facts
  • Date June 21–23, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date April 16, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 17, 2024