Waynesboro, VA

Philip Sheridan  Jubal Early

Date(s): March 2, 1865

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Waynesboro, Virginia, United States

Campaign: Sheridan’s Expedition to Petersburg [February-March 1865]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan

  • Confederate: Lt. Gen. Jubal Early

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 2,500

  • Confederate: 1,600


  • On February 27, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan with two cavalry divisions rode from Winchester up the Shenandoah Valley to Staunton.

  • Turning east, the Federals encountered the last remnant of Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Valley army at Waynesboro on March 2.

  • After a brief stand-off, a Federal attack rolled up Early’s right flank and scattered his small force.

  • More than 1,500 Confederates surrendered.

  • Early and a few of his staff evaded capture.

  • Sheridan crossed the Blue Ridge to Charlottesville and then raided south, destroying the James River Canal locks near Goochland Court House.

  • He joined forces with the Army of the Potomac near Petersburg on March 26 for the opening of the Appomattox Campaign.

Slide Presentation: None [Battlefield Lost Integrity]

Classification2: B


  • Union: 9

  • Confederate: 1,200

Results: Union Victory Miniature Union Victory

Battlefield Websites:

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

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 02/08/2013