Piedmont
Civil War in Virginia


American Civil War
June 5-6, 1864

After replacing Sigel in command of Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley, US Major General David "Black Dave" Hunter renewed the Union offensive.

On June 5, Hunter engaged the Confederate army under "Grumble" Jones north of Piedmont. After severe fighting, a flanking movement made by Thoburn's brigade turned Jones's right flank.

While trying to stem the retreat of his soldiers, Jones was killed. The retreat became a rout. More than 1,000 Confederates, including 60 officers, were captured. Jones lost three guns.

Hunter occupied Staunton on June 6 and, after a pause to await the arrival of Brigadier General George Crook's column, began to advance on Lynchburg, destroying military stores and public property in his wake.

Result(s): Union victory

Location: Augusta County

Campaign: Lynchburg Campaign (May-June 1864) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign

Date(s): June 5-6, 1864

Principal Commanders: Major General David Hunter [US]; Brigadier General William E. Jones [CS]

Forces Engaged: 14,000 total (US 8,500; CS 5,500)

Estimated Casualties: 2,375 total (US 875; CS 1500)

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