Battle of Ware Bottom Church
Ware Bottom Church Battlefield Park
Ware Bottom Church Marker
1864 photograph of the Confederate trenches
A map depicting the movements during the battle
A rendition of what the Ware Bottom church may have looked like around 1860
Backstory and Context
As a result of the Battle of Ware Bottom Church, over 1,400 people were either killed or wounded. As the Confederates were able to gain ground and drive back the Union soldiers, Beauregard was also able to establish the Hewitt Line. This fortified defensive line, located between the James and Appomatox Rivers, "bottled in" the Union forces as President Lincoln noted. However, Ulysses S. Grant would later cause Beauregard to leave abandon this line in an attempt to stop Grant's march on Petersburg, which once again put Ware Bottom Church under Union control until Lee retook it in mid-June and the church was destroyed by a fire started by Confederate artillery soldiers in order to drive out Union sharpshooters that had been using the church.
Ware bottom Church had been at the time one of Virginia's oldest churches until its destruction.