Portrait of John Gibbon

Major General John Gibbon’s victory at the Battle of Rice’s Station impacted the Army of Northern Virginia’s retreat from Petersburg by diverting attention and possible Rebel reinforcements away from the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, which was raging just a few miles to the east. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Rice's Station Facts

April 6, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Rice's Station, also known as the Battle of Rice's Depot.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Rice’s Depot

Date and Location

  • April 6, 1865
  • Prince Edward County, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

  • Major General John Gibbon

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 24th Corps (Army of the James)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • 1st and 3rd Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 7,500

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 6,800

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 66 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • Unreported

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Rice’s Station impacted the Army of Northern Virginia’s retreat from Petersburg by diverting attention and possible Rebel reinforcements away from the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, which was raging just a few miles to the east.

Timeline of the Appomattox Campaign

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

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Rice's Station Facts
  • Coverage April 6, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of rice's station, battle of rice's depot, american civil war, appomattox campaign, james longstreet, john gibbon
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 30, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 24, 2021
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