Portrait of Gouverneur K. Warren

Major General Gouverneur K. Warren (pictured here) commanded the victorious Union forces at the Battle of Lewis’s Farm, the opening conflict of Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant’s Appomattox Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Lewis’s Farm Facts

March 29, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Lewis's Farm, also known as the Battle of Quaker Road, the Battle of Military Road, and the Battle of Gravelly Road.


Also Known As

  • Battle of Quaker Road
  • Battle of Military Road
  • Battle of Gravelly Road

Date and Location

  • March 29, 1865
  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Potomac (5th Corps, Cavalry Corps)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Johnson’s Division (Anderson’s Corps, Army of Northern Virginia)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 17,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 8,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 380 (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 370 (killed, wounded, and captured/missing)


  • Union victory


  • The Battle of Lewis’s Farm was the opening battle of Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant’s Appomattox Campaign.
  • The Union victory forced the Rebels to retreat to their entrenchments along White Oak Road and it closed an important supply route to Lee’s beleaguered Army of Northern Virginia at Petersburg.

Timeline of the Appomattox Campaign

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


Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Lewis’s Farm Facts
  • Coverage March 29, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Lewis’s Farm
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 7, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 19, 2022