Benjamin F. Butler portrait

At the Battle of Port Waltham Junction, Major General Benjamin F. Butler’s Union troops cut the railroad at Port Walthall Junction, but the Confederate defenders retired to a stronger position behind Swift Run Creek. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Port Walthall Junction Facts

May 6–7, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Port Walthall Junction.

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Date

  • May 6–7, 1864

Location

  • Chesterfield County, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

  • Major General Benjamin F. Butler
  • Brigadier General Charles Heckman
  • Brigadier General William H. T. Brooks

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union forces Engaged

  • Heckman’s Brigade (Army of the James)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Brigadier General Johnson Hagood’s South Carolina brigade, assigned to Major General Bushrod Johnson’s Division

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 8,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 2,600

Union Casualties

  • 300 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Confederate Casualties

  • 200 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • Despite the Union victory, Butler’s army was no closer to achieving his goal of capturing Richmond.

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Port Walthall Junction Facts
  • Coverage May 6–7, 1864
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 30, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 16, 2021
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