Portrait of P.G.T. Beauregard.

Some historians consider Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard’s victory at the First Battle of Petersburg to be the first engagement of the Petersburg Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]

First Battle of Petersburg Facts

June 9, 1864

Key facts about the First Battle of Petersburg, also known as the Battle of Old Men and Young Boys.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Old Men and Young Boys

Date

  • June 9, 1864

Location

  • Petersburg, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Local militiamen, most of whom were old men and young boys

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,500

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 2,500

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 40 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 80 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • Some historians consider the First Battle of Petersburg to be the initial engagement of the Petersburg Campaign of 1864–65.

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title First Battle of Petersburg Facts
  • Coverage June 9, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords First Battle of Petersburg
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 19, 2021
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