Back to top

In Virginia, Confederate attempts to relieve pressure on Petersburg are defeated on the Darbytown and New Market Roads

Battle of Darbytown Road, October 7, 1864, artist's impression
After setbacks in the Confederate defense of Petersburg at Chaffin's Farm and Peeble's Farm, Confederate General Robert E. Lee sought to win back ground with a sizeable counter-attack along the Darbytown and New Market Roads in Henrico County. The effort, under Generals Field and Hoke, had an initial success, driving Union cavalry from their positions, but reinforcements arrived and Confederate attempts to follow up were soundly defeated. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 84.