Portrait of P.G.T. Beauregard.

The Confederate victory at the Battle of Ware Bottom Church enabled General P. G. T. Beauregard to construct the Howlett Line, which effectively trapped the Army of the James on the tip of the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Ware Bottom Church Facts

May 20, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Ware Bottom Church.

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Date

  • May 20, 1864

Location

  • Chesterfield County, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the James

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Petersburg garrison, local militia

Number of Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 10,000 (both sides combined)

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 750 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 750 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • The Confederate victory at the Battle of Ware Bottom Church enabled General P. G. T. Beauregard to construct the Howlett Line, which effectively trapped the Army of the James on the tip of the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula.
  • The Battle of Ware Bottom Church was the final engagement of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign.

Timeline of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign

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

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Ware Bottom Church Facts
  • Coverage May 20, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Ware Bottom Church
  • 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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