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Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road
Part of the American Civil War
Battle of Darbytown Road.jpg
A drawing of the action on the 27th, by Alfred Waud.
DateOctober 27, 1864 (1864-10-27) – October 27, 1864 (1864-10-27)
LocationHenrico County, Virginia
Result Confederate victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
Benjamin F. Butler James Longstreet
Units involved
X Corps
Longstreet's Corps
Casualties and losses
1,603 100

The Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road (also known as the Second Battle of Fair Oaks) was fought October 27–28, 1864, in Henrico County, Virginia, as part of the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign of the American Civil War.

In combination with movements against the Boydton Plank Road at Petersburg, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler attacked the Richmond defenses along Darbytown Road with the X Corps. The XVIII Corps marched north to Fair Oaks where it was soundly repulsed by Maj. Gen. Charles W. Field's Confederate division. Confederate forces counterattacked, taking some 600 prisoners. The Richmond defenses remained intact. Of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's offensives north of the James River, this was repulsed most easily. Union casualties were 1,603, Confederates fewer than 100.[1]



  1. Salmon, p. 445.


Coordinates: 37°29′38″N 77°20′02″W / 37.494°N 77.334°W / 37.494; -77.334

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