Ware Bottom Church
Civil War Virginia


American Civil War
May 20, 1864

On May 20, Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard attacked Butler's Bermuda Hundred line near Ware Bottom Church. About 10,000 troops were involved in this action. 

After driving back Butler's advanced pickets, the Confederates constructed the Howlett Line, effectively bottling up the Federals at Bermuda Hundred.

Confederate victories at Proctor's Creek and Ware Bottom Church enabled Beauregard to detach strong reinforcements for Lee's army in time for the fighting at Cold Harbor.

Result(s): Confederate victory

Location: Chesterfield County

Campaign: Bermuda Hundred Campaign (May-June 1864) previous battle in campaign   Campaigns

Date(s): May 20, 1864

Principal Commanders: Major General Benjamin Butler [US]; General P.G.T. Beauregard [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions (10,000 total)

Estimated Casualties: 1,500 total

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