Portrait of William Mahone

Major General Fitzhugh Lee helped Brigadier General William Mahone (pictured here) defeat the Union cavalry troopers at the First Battle of Ream’s Station, the last engagement of the Wilson-Kautz Raid in 1864. [Wikimedia Commons]

First Battle of Ream's Station Facts

June 29, 1864

Key facts about the First Battle of Ream's Station.

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Date

  • June 29, 1864

Location

  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia, roughly 10 miles south of Petersburg, along the Weldon Railroad

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

  • Brigadier General James Wilson
  • Brigadier General August Kautz

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Wilson’s Cavalry Division
  • Kautz’s Cavalry Division

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Mahone’s Infantry Division
  • Two cavalry brigades

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 7,000

Estimated Combined Casualties

  • 600 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • The First Battle of Ream’s Station was part of the Wilson-Kautz Raid.

Timeline of the Petersburg Campaign

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

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title First Battle of Ream's Station Facts
  • Coverage June 29, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords First Battle of Ream's Station
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 1, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 19, 2021
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