On March 29, with the Cavalry Corps and the II and V Corps, Sheridan undertook a flank march to turn General Robert E. Lee's Petersburg defenses. A steady downpour turned the roads to mud, slowing the advance.
On March 31, Major General W.H. Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry and Pickett's infantry division met the Union vanguard north and northwest of Dinwiddie Court House and drove it back, temporarily stalling Sheridan's movement.
With Union infantry approaching from the east, Pickett withdrew before daybreak to entrench at the vital road junction at Five Forks.
Lee ordered Pickett to hold this intersection at all hazard.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Dinwiddie County
Campaign: Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): March 31, 1865
Principal Commanders: Major General Philip Sheridan [US]; Major General George Pickett and Major General Fitzhugh Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: 65,277 total (US 45,247; CS 20,030)
Estimated Casualties: 821 total