Portrait of J. E. B. Stuart

Confederate General James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) Stuart was mortally wounded during the Battle of Yellow Tavern. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Yellow Tavern Facts

May 11, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Yellow Tavern.

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Date

  • May 11, 1864

Location

  • Henrico County, Virginia, at Yellow Tavern

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Sheridan’s Cavalry Corps (Army of the Potomac)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Stuart’s Cavalry Corps (Army of Northern Virginia)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 12,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 625 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 300 (captured)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • During the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Major General James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) Stuart was mortally wounded.
  • Following the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Major General Philip Sheridan continued to threaten Richmond’s defenses, before withdrawing to Bermuda Hundred, Virginia for resupply.

Timeline of the Overland Campaign

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

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Battle of Yellow Tavern Facts
  • Coverage May 11, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of yellow tavern, american civil war, overland campaign, j.e.b. stuart, philip sheridan
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date December 5, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 16, 2021