Fort Huger, Hill's Point
Civil War Virginia
American Civil War
April 11-May 4, 1863
On April 19, a Union infantry force landed on Hill's Point at the confluence of the forks of the Nansemond River. This amphibious force assaulted Fort Huger from the rear, quickly capturing its garrison, thus reopening the river to Union shipping.
On April 24, Brigadier General Michael Corcoran's Union division mounted a reconnaissance-in-force from Fort Dix against Major General George E. Pickett's extreme right flank. The Federals approached cautiously and were easily repulsed.
On April 29, General Robert E. Lee directed Longstreet to disengage from Suffolk and rejoin the Army of Northern Virginia at Fredericksburg.
By May 4, the last of Longstreet's command had crossed the Blackwater River en route to Richmond.
Campaign: Longstreet's Tidewater Operations (February-May 1863) previous battle in campaign Campaigns
Date(s): April 11-May 4, 1863
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General John Peck [US]; Lieutenant General James Longstreet [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions (45,000 total)
Estimated Casualties: 152 total (1,160 for entire siege)
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