As the battle between Grant and Lee raged at Spotsylvania Court House, the Union cavalry corps under Major General Philip Sheridan embarked on a cavalry raid against Richmond.
After disrupting Lee's road and rail communications, Sheridan's cavalry expedition climaxed with the battle of Yellow Tavern on May 11.
The outnumbered Confederate cavalry was defeated, and Major General J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded.
Sheridan continued south to threaten the Richmond defenses before joining Butler's command at Bermuda Hundred.
After refitting, Sheridan rejoined the Army of the Potomac on May 25 for the march to the southeast and the crossing of the Pamunkey.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Henrico County
Campaign: Grant's Overland Campaign (May-June 1864) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): May 11, 1864
Principal Commanders: Major General Philip Sheridan [US]; Major General J.E.B. Stuart [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 800 total