First Battle of Petersburg Facts, Details, and Timeline

June 9, 1864

Facts about the First Battle of Petersburg, including dates, casualties, participants, who won, and more interesting details you might not know. This fact sheet provides a quick overview of the battle and is for kids doing research and students preparing for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam.

PGT Beauregard, Portrait

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. Image Source: Wikimedia.

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Definition

The First Battle of Petersburg was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America on June 9, 1864, during the American Civil War.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: The First Battle of Petersburg is also called the “Battle of Old Men and Young Boys.”
  • Date Started: The First Battle of Petersburg started on Thursday, June 9, 1864.
  • Date Ended: The fighting ended on June 9, 1864.
  • Location: The battle took place in Petersburg, Virginia.
  • Who Won: The Confederate States of America won the First Battle of Petersburg.
  • Civil War Campaign: The First Battle of Petersburg was part of the Petersburg Campaign.

Siege of Petersburg, Union Bomb Shelters

This photo shows Union bomb shelters that were set up during the Siege of Petersburg. Image Source: Library of Congress.

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Interesting Facts

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

Commanders and Forces Involved

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

Confederate Forces Engaged

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

Casualties and Statistics

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)

Results of the First Battle of Petersburg

  • The outcome of the First Battle of Petersburg was a Confederate victory.

Timeline of the First Battle of Petersburg

This list shows the main battles and events that took place before and after the First Battle of Petersburg, and how it fits into the chronological order of the Petersburg Campaign.

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title First Battle of Petersburg Facts, Details, and Timeline
  • Coverage June 9, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords First Battle of Petersburg, Civil War Facts for Kids, Social Studies Resources, APUSH Study Material
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date October 7, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 18, 2022

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