Portrait of George A. Custer

During the Battle of Waynesboro, Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer’s cavalry captured over 1,200 Rebel prisoners, all of the enemy’s artillery pieces, 17 Confederate battle flags, and about 150 supply wagons, including Major General Jubal Early’s headquarters wagon containing his records and personal papers. [Wikimedia Commons]

Waynesboro, Battle of Facts

March 2, 1865

Key facts about the Battle of Waynesboro.

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Date:

  • March 2, 1865

Location:

  • Augusta County, Virginia

Campaign:

  • Sheridan’s Expedition to Petersburg

Principal Union commander(s):

  • Major General Philip H. Sheridan (overall)
  • Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer

Principal Confederate commander(s):

  • Major General Jubal Early

Union forces engaged:

  • 3rd Division (Army of the Shenandoah)

Confederate forces engaged:

  • Remnants the Army of the Valley

Number of Union soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 2,500

Number of Confederate soldiers engaged:

  • Roughly 1,600

Estimated Union casualties:

  • 9 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate casualties:

  • 1,500 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result:

  • Union victory

Significance:

  • Custer’s cavalry captured over 1,200 Rebel prisoners, all of the enemy’s artillery pieces, 17 Confederate battle flags, and about 150 supply wagons, including Major General Jubal Early’s headquarters wagon containing his records and personal papers.
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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Waynesboro, Battle of Facts
  • Coverage March 2, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of waynesboro, american civil war, george armstrong custer, jubal early, Philip sheridan
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 6, 2022
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