Estimated Casualties: 970 total (US 370; CS 600)
Union columns converged on Petersburg on April 2. Part of Mile's force struck
north from White Oak Road meeting elements of four Confederate brigades (Cooke,
Scales, MacRae, McGowan) attempting to defend the South Side Railroad. The
Confederates placed their left flank on Ocran Methodist Church, where it was
overun by three Union brigades commanded by Miles. The Confederate defenders were
scattered and driven northwestward. With this victory, the Federals possessed the
South Side Railroad, Gen. Robert E. Lee's last supply line into Petersburg.