On the night of 26-27 July 1864, a Union battle group led by Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock crossed the James River on pontoon bridges a mile south. Hancock intended to attack Confederate defenses below Richmond while the primary Federal force in Petersburg launched a new offensive. He also planned to send cavalry northward to raid Richmond's railroad supply lines. On 27 July, men of the II Corps attacked the Confederate position along River Road (Rte. 5) and captured four cannons near here. Indecisiveness coupled with Confederate countermeasures stalled Hancock's operation. His force withdrew across the river on 29 July.
Year On Marker: 2006
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Richmond, VA 23231. Located on New Market Road (Rt. 5), 2.25 miles northwest of the junction of New Market Road (Rt. 5) and Willis Church Road (Rt. 156). Marker is on the left when traveling northwest on New Market Road (Rt. 5).
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