The Seven Days
One of the most decisive military campaigns in Western history, the Seven Days were fought in the area southeast of the Confederate capitol of Richmond from June 25 to July 1, 1862
Seven Days Battle
First Cold Harbor
Civil War Virginia
American Civil War
June 27, 1862
Echoes of Thunder
A Guide to the Seven Days
This is a valuable and welcome addition to this series of battlefield guides. This book will provide you with a guide on the field or it will supplement reading about the American Civil War battle of The Seven Days.
This was the third of the Seven Days' Battles.
On June 27, 1862, CSA General Robert E. Lee renewed his attacks against USA Brigadier General Porter's V Corps, which had established a strong defensive line behind Boatswain's Swamp north of the Chickahominy River.
Porter's reinforced V Corps held fast for the afternoon against disjointed Confederate attacks, inflicting heavy casualties.
At dusk, the Confederates finally mounted a coordinated assault that broke Porter's line and drove his soldiers back toward the river.
The Federals retreated across the river during the night.
Defeat at Gaines' Mill convinced Union General McClellan to abandon his advance on Richmond, Virginia and begin the retreat to the James River. Gaines' Mill saved Richmond for the Confederacy in 1862.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Hanover County
Campaign: Peninsular Campaign (March-September 1862) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): June 27, 1862
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Fitz John Porter [US]; General Robert E. Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: 91,232 total (US 34,214; CS 57,018)
Estimated Casualties: 15,500 total (US 6,800; CS 8,700)
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The Civil War Papers Of George B. Mcclellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865
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