Battle of Sappony Church Facts

June 28, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Sappony Church, also known as the Battle of Stony Creek Depot.

Portrait of Wade Hampton

By June 28, 1864, the Wilson-Kautz Raiders were headed north along the Weldon Line toward the Stoney Creek Depot, when Major General Wade Hampton’s cavalry division intercepted them near the Sappony Baptist Church in Sussex County. [Wikimedia Commons]

Also Known As

  • Battle of Stony Creek Depot


  • June 28, 1864


  • Sussex County, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

  • Brigadier General James Wilson
  • Brigadier General August Kautz

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Wilson’s Cavalry Division (Army of the Potomac)
  • Kautz’s Cavalry Division (the Army of the James)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Hampton’s Cavalry Division (Army of Northern Virginia)
  • Fitzhugh Lee’s Cavalry Division (Army of Northern Virginia)
  • Rooney Lee’s Cavalry Division (Army of Northern Virginia)
  • Mahone’s Infantry Division (Army of Northern Virginia)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • Unreported

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • Unreported


  • Confederate victory


  • The Battle of Sappony Church was part of the Wilson-Kautz Raid.
  • The Rebel cavalry captured roughly 800 Union raiders during the Battle of Sappony Church. Other casualty totals for either side remain unknown.

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