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The Battle of Black Hill was a minor engangement in the Take Command War. Brigadier General Cadmus Wilcox's division had split away from the Army of Northern Virginia's III Corps and had gone off to attack Union defenders at Black Hill.


Richard Pryor, William Featherson and 4 Florida regiments (2nd Florida, 6th Florida, 8th Florida & 9th Florida) were planning to siege the two ways off of Black Hill, but due to "slow moving", the plan was changed.

Battle

Wilcox's first plan was to have Pryor, Featherson and the Florida regiments siege the place, but they moved "slow" and by time they could get there the Union would have been gone. Wilcox then redirected Pryor & Featherson to help defend the place as Union troops could easily break through their lines.

The Florida regiments reached their destination but were worried to find out that there was nearly 7 Union regiments attacking. The "Florida Group" would have to hold off until Featherson & Pryor reached the destination and the Cavalry counterattacked. Fortunately for the Confederate's, Featherson & Pryor reached the scene and started attacking Union soldiers, causing the Union to retreat backwards right into the face of the Cavalry, and were shredded by dismounted Cavalry. All in all, 356 Union soldiers died and 147 Confederate's, with nearly 90% if the Confederate casualties coming from the Florida regiments.

Aftermath

After once again being driven away from Richmond, this battle marked the end of the Richmond Campaign, as the Union were nearly 22 miles away from Richmond and were tired. However, this victory is classified as a Union victory because the Confederate's did not capitalize and retreated back.