Location: Chesterfield County
Campaign: Bermuda Hundred Campaign (May-June 1864)
Date(s): May 20, 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler [US]; Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard [CS]
Forces Engaged:Divisions (10,000 total)
Estimated Casualties: 1,500 total
Description: On May 20, Confederate forces under Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard attacked Butlers Bermuda Hundred line near Ware Bottom Church. About 10,000 troops were involved in this action. After driving back Butlers advanced pickets, the Confederates constructed the Howlett Line, effectively bottling up the Federals at Bermuda Hundred. Confederate victories at Proctors Creek and Ware Bottom Church enabled Beauregard to detach strong reinforcements for Lees army in time for the fighting at Cold Harbor.
Result(s): Confederate victory