Today in History:

Old Church

Battle Name: Old Church
Other Names: Matadequin Creek
State: Virginia
Location: Hanover County
Campaign: Grant’s Overland Campaign (May-June 1864)
Dates: May 30, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Alfred Torbert [US]; Brig. Gen. Matthew C. Butler [CS]
Forces Engaged: Brigades
Estimated Casualties: 900 total
Description: With the armies stalemated along the Totopotomoy Creek line, the Federal cavalry began probing east and south. On May 30, Torbert’s Division attacked and defeated Butler's Brigade near Old Church. Butler's troopers were driven steadily back on the road to Old Cold Harbor, opening the door for Sheridan’s capture of the important crossroads the next day.
Results: Union victory

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