Union columns converged on Petersburg on April 2. Part of Miles's force struck north from White Oak Road meeting elements of four Confederate brigades (Cooke, Scales, MacRae, McGowan) attempting to defend the South Side Railroad.
The Confederates placed their left flank on the Ocran Methodist Church, where it was overrun by three Union brigades commanded by Miles.
The Confederate defenders were scattered and driven northwestward.
With this victory, the Federals possessed the South Side Railroad, General Robert E. Lee's last supply line into Petersburg.
Result(s): Union victory
Campaign: Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): April 2, 1865
Principal Commanders: Major General Nelson A. Miles [US]; Major General Henry Heth and Major General Cadmus Wilcox [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 970 total (US 370; CS 600)