Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Darbytown Road
Lee’s Last Advance North of the James
The attack began well for the Confederates. With the support of the cavalry, Gen. Charles Field’s infantry division overwhelmed Federal cavalry under Gen. August Kautz along Darbytown Road. Following up his early success, Field turned south to attack Gen. Alfred Terry’s Federal division along New Market Road. However, Field’s support, under Gen. Robert Hoke, remained inactive. Without Hoke, Field’s three brigades pushed straight ahead. Terry’s command had the advantage of fighting behind earthworks and firing with Spencer repeating rifles. The Federal artillery quickly got into action and punished
“My dear Brother, As I know you will be anxious to hear from me when you hear of the fight that occurred yesterday, I therefore take the earliest opportunity to inform you that I have been permitted to survive another terrible fight…the order was given to charge and we raised a yell and dashed forward at a double quick. We got up within forty yards of the enemy and was ordered to halt, our line being cut down so fast it was thought advisable to halt and await reinforcements, but the support did not come up and we was compelled to fall back. It was the heaviest fire we ever was under, and we lost about one third of our men.”
- James S. Wingard, Palmetto Sharpshooters, South Carolina. Letter to his brother, October 8, 1864
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 28.354′ N, 77° 20.344′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Darbytown Road (County Route 600), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the entrance to Dorey Park, east of Laburnum Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Second Battle of Fair Oaks (a few steps from this marker); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dorey Family (approx. ¼ mile away); Darbytown Road / Pioneer Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond Defences (approx. one mile away); Defenses of Richmond (approx. 1.2 miles away); 1862 Peninsula Campaign (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lee vs. Grant (approx. 1.2 miles away).
More about this marker. In the center is a portrait of John Gregg, who was "commanding the Texas Brigade, was killed while leading his command against the Union position just north of New Market Road." On the right is a drawing, "published shortly after the battle in Harper’s Weekly magazine, was based on an eyewitness sketch drawn by combat artist William Waud." A map on the left carries the caption, "Despite initial success here on the Darbytown Road, Field's advance stalled and then was repulsed after the failed attack against the Union defense along the New Market Road."
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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