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Battle Animations - The Bermuda Hundred Campaign of 1864-1865

 

 ж Bermuda Hundred Landing  (May 4-6, 1864):  In early May 1864, Union Gen. Benjamin Butler landed his Army of the James in Chesterfield County, between Richmond and Petersburg, and threatened both cities in his drive west from landings between the James and Appomattox Rivers. The Confederates under Gen. P.G.T.  Beauregard blocked him. Within weeks, Butler was trapped between the two rivers and remained there until Petersburg was evacuated in April 1865.  

ж 1st Walthall  (May 6th, 1864) -The 1st Battle at Port Walthall Junction, an animated map tutorial by Robert J. Forman, Author of the Civil War Tour Guide Book, Bermuda Hundred Campaign.  Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James was initially stopped by General Hagood’s Confederate forces at Port Walthall Junction in Chesterfield County.  Two days later, Butler was allowed to push the Confederates back to Swift Creek fortifications effectively cutting the railroad. 

ж 2nd Walthall: (May 6th -8th, 1864) -The 2nd Battle at Port Walthall Junction, an animated map tutorial by Robert J. Forman, Author of the Civil War Tour Guide Book, Bermuda Hundred Campaign.  Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James on May 6th planned another attack against General Hagood’s Confederate forces at Port Walthall Junction in Chesterfield County.  On May 7th, 1864, 8000 Union troops left their earthworks at Point of Rocks and ware Bottom, intending to disrupt the railway lines.  Confederate scouts reported no activity at Ware Bottom.  Hagood moved out and bumped into the 1st New York Rifles forcing them to break their charge and retreat.  Throughout this battle, the Confederates were in a vulnerable position but orders were given to Union General Plaistead to withdraw leaving other Union forces in a predicament and exposing their flanks.  The remaining Union forces had to withdraw  thus giving the Confederates another victory and a failure to General Butler. 


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