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The Battle of Fort Pocahontas

May 24, 1864 in Charles County, Virginia
Grant's Overland Campaign

Union Forces Commanded by:
Brig. Gen. Edward Wild
Forces Killed Wounded Captured
1,800 est. 2 24 -

Confederate Forces Commanded by:
Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee
Forces Killed Wounded Captured
3,000 est. 20 100 -

**Missing and Captured
Conclusion: Union Victory


The battle of Fort Pocahontas took place on May 24, when Confederate cavalrymen led by Gen. Robert E. Lee's nephew, Fitzhugh Lee’s, cavalry division attacked the Union supply depot, an earthen fort garrisoned by African-American soldiers commanded by Gen. Edward A. Wild, at Wilson’s Wharf. The Confederates first attacked from the north and then from the east. The Confederates were repulsed by the 2 black regiments. The smaller Union force won and maintained the Union's grip on James River navigation.
Historical accounts indicate that during 1864 the fort was home to many African-American slaves in the region who left their masters to seek refuge with the Union troops. Imprisoned at the fort during this period were Confederate sympathizers who had been apprehended by Wild's soldiers so that they could not pass information to Lee's embattled troops. Historians speculate the Confederate attack might have been designed to free them.
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