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Battle of Ware Bottom Church - May 20, 1864
Ware Bottom Church, map, Battle Map
American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Ware Bottom Church
On May 20, 1864, the 97th Pennsylvania Infantry advanced over a rise on the property we are working to save and were met by a Confederate battery of 24 guns. At the same time, the Confederates succeeded in pushing the Federal picket line back. Part of “The Howlett Line,” this area was continuously occupied by both Union and Confederate troops from June 1864 until April 1865, when Confederate forces abandoned their lines around Petersburg.