That would be Gen. Alfred T.A. Torbert (not Tolbert) and Gen. M.
Calvin Butler (4th S.C.) (not Buler). Torbert's cavalry was attacked
by the Confederate cavalry at 2. P.M. May 30 at Old Church and fought
until 5 P.M. Torbert moved at 5 A.M. toward Old Cold Harbor on the
following morning and attacked, driving them back upon their infantry.
Torbert appears in a group photograph of Sheridan and his generals,
reproduced in Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, vol IV, page 192,
Yoseloff, New York, 1956. An account of the engagement appears on page
193 of that volume.
Butler gives an account of his command at Trevilian Station in the
same volume, page 238, in which he again was opposed, in part, by
Torbert. A portrait of Butler can be found on page 534 of the above
volume and at:
Clover Lea Plantation is located near Mechanicsville. It does appear
to have been close to the action between Torbert and Butler, as
Mechanicsville was on the Old Church Road at the time.
Clover Lea ** (added 1979 - Building - #79003045)
E of Mechanicsville off VA 629, Mechanicsville
Architect, builder, or engineer:
Area of Significance:
Period of Significance:
The general area would be near Bethesda Church (in blue, upper right
on the map below):
The Hanover County Historical Society:
Hanover County Historical Society
P.O. Box 91
The home would near or on the Richmond National Battlefield Park:
which says, in part:
Park rangers will provide maps for touring the battlefields.
Richmond National Battlefield Park
3215 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 771-8522 FAX
If the NPS can't provide a map that is appropriate, they can suggest a
better source. The Army Corps of Engineers prepared a map in 1867,
which is available from the Library of Congress.
Civil War Maps Home, LOC:
Reproductions of maps can be ordered by following the instructions at:
Unfortunately, this can take between three and six weeks.
The maps can be downloaded from the LOC site, however.