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Yellow Tavern  

Other Names: None

Location: Henrico County

Campaign: Grantís Overland Campaign (May-June 1864)

Date(s): May 11, 1864

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan [US]; Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: 800 total

Description: As the battle between Grant and Lee raged at Spotsylvania Court House, the Union cavalry corps under Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan embarked on a cavalry raid against Richmond. After disrupting Leeís road and rail communications, Sheridanís cavalry expedition climaxed with the battle of Yellow Tavern on May 11. The outnumbered Confederate cavalry was defeated, and Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded.  Sheridan continued south to threaten the Richmond defenses before joining Butlerís command at Bermuda Hundred. After refitting, Sheridan rejoined the Army of the Potomac on May 25 for the march to the southeast and the crossing of the Pamunkey.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: VA052

Preservation Priority: IV.1 (Class C)

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