Fort Stedman, VA


Date(s): March 25, 1865

Campaign(s): Richmond-Petersburg Campaign continued [June 1864-March 1865]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Maj. Gen. John G. Parke 

  • Confederate: Gen. Robert E. Lee and Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Corps

  • Confederate: Corps


  • In a last-gasp offensive, Gen. Robert E. Lee amassed nearly half of his army in an attempt to break through Grantís Petersburg defenses and threaten his supply depot at City Point. 

  • Directed by Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon, the pre-dawn assault on March 25 overpowered the garrisons of Fort Stedman and Batteries X, XI, and XII.

  • The Confederates were brought under a killing crossfire, and counterattacks led by Maj. Gens. Parke and Hartranft contained the breakthrough, cut off, and captured more than 1,900 of the attackers.

  • During the day, elements of the II and VI Corps assaulted and captured the entrenched picket lines in their respective fronts, which had been weakened for the assault on Fort Stedman.

  • This was a devastating blow for Leeís army, setting up the Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1 and the fall of Petersburg on April 2-3.

Photo Gallery1:

Fort Stedman and Adjacent Works Captured

Description of Fort Stedman Garrison

A Final Effort - Union Counterattack on Fort Stedman

Defending Fort Haskell - Union Survivors of Fort Stedman Sought Refuge at Haskell


Slide Presentation:

Classification2: A


  • Union: 950 

  • Confederate: 2,900

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism


1 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of"

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 04/06/2013