November 5 This day during the American Civil War

November 5, 1862 – in Barbee’s Cross Roads, Virginia – On November 5, there was a cavalry battle between 1,500 Union cavalry, under Brig. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, and 3,000 Confederate cavalry, under Brig. Gen. Wade Hampton. The Union cavalry attacked the Confederates from the left flank, center, and right flank at the same time. After a hard fought skirmish, the Confederates withdrew from the battlefield. Pleasonton did not pursue the Confederates. The battle was also called the Battle of Chester Gap. The federals suffered 15 killed & wounded. The confederates suffered 36 killed & wounded.


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