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By Brian K. Burton

Usually brought up as some of the most decisive campaigns in army background, the Seven Days Battles have been the 1st crusade during which Robert E. Lee led the military of Northern Virginia—as good because the first within which Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson labored jointly. during this guidebook, the said specialist at the Seven Days Battles conducts readers, travelers, and armchair tourists throughout the background and terrain of this pivotal sequence of Civil conflict battles. Maps and descriptive overviews of the battles consultant readers to key locales and evoke a feeling of what members on both sides observed in 1862. From the start of George B. McClellan’s Peninsula crusade, which culminated within the Seven Days, to the bloody battles that kept the accomplice capital from catch, this advisor unfolds the concepts, routes, and key engagements of this serious crusade, supplying today’s viewers and Civil struggle fanatics the clearest photograph but of what occurred through the Seven Days. (20080422)

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McClellan’s decision to stop his advance and start siege operations stemmed not from the level of resistance but from the fact that his expectations were not fulfilled. 1/15/07 10:09:09 AM 25 The Lines at Yorktown All Confederates realized, however, that the Union advantage in ordnance would tell in a siege, particularly because the Union batteries were well placed and inaccessible to Southern sorties. Johnston never planned to try to defend the works; instead, he used whatever time McClellan would give him to strengthen his army.

Wheeling the 24th Virginia into a wheat field, Early led its charge, but he was wounded almost instantly. The Virginians continued the attack and forced the Federals back to Redoubt 11. The 5th North Carolina, on the same maneuver, came out of the woods even farther from the Union line, and it too wheeled to the left to connect with the 24th Virginia. The 23rd North Carolina and 38th Virginia, Early’s other regiments, could not 1/15/07 10:09:10 AM 28 Stop 7 make it through the woods to provide support, and although the two charging regiments made it to a fence within 70 yards of the Yankees, they were decimated by Hancock’s superior numbers.

1/15/07 10:09:09 AM 25 The Lines at Yorktown All Confederates realized, however, that the Union advantage in ordnance would tell in a siege, particularly because the Union batteries were well placed and inaccessible to Southern sorties. Johnston never planned to try to defend the works; instead, he used whatever time McClellan would give him to strengthen his army. Once the Yankees guns were ready—signaled by the opening of Federal Battery No. 1 on April 30—Johnston knew the time to leave was nigh.

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