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Darbytown and New Market Roads

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Battle Name: Darbytown and New Market Roads
Other Names: Johnson’s Farm, Fourmile Creek
State: Virginia
Location: Henrico County
Campaign: Richmond-Petersburg Campaign (June 1864-March 1865)
Dates: October 7, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. A. Kautz and Maj. Gen. David Birney [US]; Gen. Robert E. Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: Corps
Estimated Casualties: 1,750 total
Description: Responding to the loss of Fort Harrison and the increasing Federal threat against Richmond, Gen. Robert E. Lee directed an offensive against the Union far right flank on October 7. After routing the Federal cavalry from their position covering Darbytown Road, Field’s and Hoke’s divisions assaulted the main Union defensive line along New Market Road and were repulsed. Confederate Gen. John Gregg of the Texas brigade was killed. The Federals were not dislodged, and Lee withdrew into the Richmond defenses.
Results: Union victory

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