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Trevilian Station


June 11 - 12, 1864

Louisa County, Virginia

In June of 1864, hoping to draw attention away from General Grant’s movements, destroy supply lines, and join up with General David Hunter in Charlottesville, Union cavalry commander General Philip Sheridan embarked on a cavalry raid. Near Trevilian Station, Virginia, he clashed with Confederate cavalry under Generals Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee. On June 11th, while Hampton’s men struggled against Union forces on one road, Lee’s men advancing on a parallel road fell back, allowing Union General George Custer to drive a wedge between the Confederate divisions and take Hampton’s supply train. However, Confederate reinforcements soon surrounded Custer’s men, and only Sheridan’s arrival saved them and allowed the Union to take Trevilian Station. The next morning, after destroying several miles of railroad, the full Union cavalry force made several assaults against a fortified line that the Confederates had formed overnight, but every attack was repulsed. Ultimately, General Sheridan was forced to withdraw. He had succeeded in drawing attention away from Grant, but failed to substantially interrupt supply lines or join up with Hunter to take Lynchburg, actions which could have hastened the end of the war.
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