Portrait of August Kautz

The Battle of Staunton River Bridge was a Confederate victory because Brigadier General August Kautz’s cavalry failed to destroy the bridge spanning the Staunton River. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Staunton River Bridge Facts

June 25, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Staunton River Bridge, also known as the Battle of Blacks and Whites.


Also Known As

  • Battle of Blacks and Whites


  • June 25, 1864


  • Halifax County, Charlotte County, near Blacks and Whites (modern-day Blackstone), Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

  • Brigadier General James Wilson
  • Brigadier General August Kautz

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Wilson’s Cavalry Division
  • Kautz’s Cavalry Division

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Reserves and local citizens, reinforced by “Rooney” Lee’s Cavalry Division

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,100

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 116 (42 killed, 44 wounded, and 30 missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 34 (10 killed and 24 wounded)


  • Confederate victory

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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


Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Staunton River Bridge Facts
  • Coverage June 25, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Staunton River Bridge
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 9, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 14, 2022