McClellan Doubles his Plea, Asks for 100,000 Reinforcements

July 3, 1862 (Thursday) The Seven Days Battles were at an end. The Peninsula Campaign, at least as it’s remembered now, was drawing to a close. In the minds of those fighting and those leading the armies, however, the match was still to be decided. General George McClellan, often cited as having, by this time,Read More

Lee and His Generals Plan their Attack

June 23, 1862 (Monday) Confederate General Robert E. Lee made his headquarters at the Widow Dabbs house, roughly a mile and a half northeast of the Richmond city limits. The General had called a council of war for 3pm, when Generals D.H. Hill, James Longstreet and A.P. Hill would meet to discuss an attack onRead More

McClellan’s Paranoia and Delillusions; Rumors of Stonewall

June 22,1862 (Sunday) “The rascals are very strong & outnumber me very considerably,” wrote General George McClellan to his wife, “but I will yet succeed nothwithstanding all they do & leave undone all they do in Washington to prevent it.”1 The Federal Army of the Potomac had been at the gates of Richmond for weeks.Read More

Turmoil and Fear in the Shenandoah, Even without Jackson

June 21, 1862 (Saturday) In the minds of the various Union commanders spread throughout the Shenandoah Valley, a crisis was at hand. Over a month had passed since General Irvin McDowell’s First Corps had been ordered by President Lincoln to march from Fredericksburg, Virginia to the Valley and defeat Stonewall Jackson. Additional forces under GeneralsRead More

Stonewall Jackson Leaves the Valley, Federals Expect an Attack

June 18, 1862 (Wednesday) Stonewall Jackson had been called by General Robert E. Lee to bring his 18,500 men to Richmond. After what had already become an legendary campaign of fighting, deception and hard marching, his force was needed to reinforce the Army of Northern Virginia, protecting the capital from Union General George McClellan’s ArmyRead More

Rebel Victory at Secessionville, South Carolina; Lee Orders Jackson to Richmond

June 16, 1862 (Monday) Before dawn, the division under Union General Isaac Stevens was within rifle range of the Confederate positions on James Island, just south of Charleston, South Carolina. They had moved swiftly and undetected several miles through the dark from their camps and fortifications. The overall Federal commander, General Henry Benham, had beenRead More

Lee to Call Upon Jackson; Union Troops near Secessionville Prepare for Attack

June 15, 1862 (Sunday) Completing his ride around the Union Army of the Potomac, General Jeb Stuart arrived at General Robert E. Lee’s headquarters just after dawn. In describing his three day ride, he told of the 165 Union prisoners and 260 horses and mules they had captured. He detailed the destruction of boats, communicationRead More

Stuart’s “Narrow” Escape Along the Chickahominy

June 14, 1862 (Saturday) It had been a long night for Union Col. Gouverneur K. Warren. His unit had been dispatched to track down the mysterious brigade of Confederate infantry, supposed to be accompanying the large body of cavalry that attacked a Federal camp the previous day. The large body of cavalry was Jeb Stuart’s.Read More

Jeb Stuart’s Ride Begins; Jackson Recrosses the River

June 12, 1862 (Thursday) “Gentlemen, in ten minutes every man must be in his saddle,” announced the Rebel cavalier, General James Ewell Brown Stuart. It was 2am, and the Confederate cavalry at Richmond was about to make history as they began their ride around the entire Union Army of the Potomac. In five minutes, allRead More

Stonewall to Get Massive Reinforcements; Stuart Plans a Ride

June 11, 1862 (Wednesday) Stonewall Jackson’s dual victories at Cross Keys and Port Republic, had convinced General Robert E. Lee that if the Shenandoah Valley army was strengthened, much could be accomplished to aid his Army of Northern Virginia outside the gates of Richmond. The Union Army of the Potomac, though stagnant, was preparing toRead More