Portrait of Andrew A. Humphreys

During the afternoon of April 2, 1865, Major General Andrew Humphreys’s 2nd Corps broke the Hatcher Run Line and drove the Confederate defenders back into Petersburg’s inner defenses. Historians refer to this part of the Third Battle of Petersburg as the Battle of Sutherland’s Station. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Sutherland's Station Facts

April 2, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Sutherland's Station, one of several skirmishes that comprised the Third Battle of Petersburg.


Date and Location

  • April 2, 1865
  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

  • Major General Andrew Humphreys
  • Major General Nelson A. Miles

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Major General Henry Heth
  • Major General Cadmus Wilcox

Union Forces Engaged

  • 2nd Army Corps (Army of the Potomac)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Four Confederate brigades (Cooke, Scales, MacRae, McGowan) attempting to defend the South Side Railroad

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 1,500

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 3,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 370 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 600 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Union victory


  • The Battle of Sutherland’s Station was one of several skirmishes that comprised the Third Battle of Petersburg.

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  • Article Title Battle of Sutherland's Station Facts
  • Coverage April 2, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of sutherland's station, american civil war, appomattox campaign, ulysses s. grant, nelson miles, robert e. lee, a.p. hill, henry heth, john r. cooke
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 12, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 6, 2022