CSA General Robert E. Lee initiated his offensive against Union General George McClellan's right flank north of the Chickahominy River. A.P. Hill threw his division, reinforced by one of D.H. Hill's brigades, into a series of futile assaults against Brigadier General Fitz John Porter's V Corps, which was drawn up behind Beaver Dam
Confederate attacks were driven back with heavy casualties.
CSA General Thomas "Stonewall"Jackson's Shenandoah Valley divisions, however, were approaching from the northwest, forcing Union General Porter to withdraw the next morning to a position behind Boatswain Creek just beyond Gaines' Mill.
Lee Vs. McClellan: The First Campaign An interesting account of the
struggle for western Virginia in 1861. It follows that year's rolls of Generals McClellan and Lee; the former using the successes of the campaign to further his reputation and career, and the latter struggling to straighten out a quagmire and failing to do so
The Chickahominy McClellan's Approach to Richmond June 1862
To The Gates of Richmond The Peninsula Campaign For three months General McClellan battled his way toward Richmond, but then CSA General Lee took command of the Confederate forces. In seven days, Lee drove the cautious McClellan out, thereby changing the course of the war
Robert E. Lee This book not
only offers concise detail but also gives terrific insight into the state of the Union and Confederacy during Lee's life. Lee was truly a one of kind gentleman and American, and had Virginia not been in the south or neutral, he ultimately would have led the Union forces.
Four Years With General Lee Walter Taylor was staff officer to General
Robert E. Lee. His book first appeared in 1877. For many years a standard authority on Confederate history, it is the source for dozens of incidents that have now become a part of every biography of Lee.
McClellan's Own Story Born in Philadelphia on December 3, 1826, George B. McClellan graduated from West Point in 1846 before serving in the Mexican War. At the start of the Civil War, McClellan was put in a position of leadership and after a successful campaign in
Virginia he was given command of the Army of Potomac, one of the Union's strongest armies. He led the Peninsular campaign with almost 100,000 troops under his command. marching toward Richmond.
George B. McClellan and Civil War History: In the Shadow of Grant and Sherman The complex general who, though gifted with administrative and organizational skills, was unable and unwilling to fight with the splendid army he had created. In this book, Rowland presents a framework in which early Civil War command can be viewed without direct comparison to the final two years of the war
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