Portrait of Ulysses S. Grant

The Battle of North Anna also was the only major engagement in Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign where the Southerners suffered greater casualties than the Northerners. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of North Anna Facts

May 23–26, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of North Anna.

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Date

  • May 23-26, 1864

Location

  • East-central Virginia, in Caroline and Hanover Counties

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Potomac

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 108,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 62,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 1,973 casualties (killed, wounded, and missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 2,017 casualties (killed, wounded, and missing/captured)

Result

  • Inconclusive

Significance

  • Although Major General George Meade commanded the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of North Anna, Meade’s superior, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, accompanied the Union army during the battle and throughout the Overland Campaign.
  • 223 Union soldiers were killed at the Battle of North Anna.
  • 304 Confederate soldiers were killed at the Battle of North Anna.
  • The Battle of North Anna also was the only major engagement in Grant’s Overland Campaign where the Southerners suffered greater casualties than the Northerners.

Timeline of the Overland Campaign

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

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of North Anna Facts
  • Coverage May 23–26, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of north anna, ulysses s. grant, robert e. lee, george meade, overland campaign
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 16, 2021
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