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Peninsula Campaign Driving Tour – Part 2

– Civil War Series – The 1862 Peninsula Campaign, intended by the Union to put a decisive end to the Civil War by capturing the Confederate capital of Richmond, began with a slow start. Gen. George McClellan, despite setting out … Continue reading

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Malvern Hill Trail (Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – Malvern Hill is one of the country’s best-preserved Civil War battlefields and marked the culmination of the Seven Days’ Battles, a series of engagements outside Richmond, Virginia in June-July 1862 that ended Union Gen. George … Continue reading

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Gaines’ Mill Trail (Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – Following General Robert E. Lee’s defeat the day prior at Beaver Dam Creek, the Confederate Army won a decisive but costly victory on June 27, 1862 in the Battle of Gaines’ Mill. Attempting to catch … Continue reading

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Beaver Dam Creek Trail (Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Battle of Beaver Dam Creek—also known as the Battle of Mechanicsville or Ellerson’s Mill—is widely remembered today for being General Robert E. Lee’s debut as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. With the … Continue reading

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Drewry’s Bluff Trail (Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – As Union gunboats approached Richmond, the Confederate capital, on the morning of May 15, 1862, they were greeted with a hail of heavy artillery fire from what would come to be known as Drewry’s Bluff, … Continue reading

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Peninsula Campaign Driving Tour – Part 1

– Civil War Series – Nearly a year after the onset of the conflict at Fort Sumter in April 1861, the Civil War had seen very few significant military engagements in the Eastern Theater. Following the Battle of Bull Run … Continue reading

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Tuttle Trail (Redoubt Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – On May 5, 1862, as Confederates clashed with the Union Army nearby, Redoubts 1 and 2 remained silent during the Battle of Williamsburg, the first pitched battle of the Civil War’s Peninsula Campaign (March-July 1862). … Continue reading

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Redoubt 1 Trail (Redoubt Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – On the eve of battle in May 1862, Confederate Col. John Magruder’s “third line” of defenses on the Virginia Peninsula comprised 14 redoubts—small, enclosed defensive fortifications built from earth, sod, and timber. Together they served … Continue reading

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Twin Forts Loop Trail (Newport News Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Twin Forts Loop Trail in Virginia’s Newport News explores the site of the Battle of Dam No. 1, a failed Union attack on a Confederate fortification on April 16, 1862. Part of the three-month … Continue reading

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Lee’s Mill Trail (Lee’s Mill Historic Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Battle of Lee’s Mill on April 5, 1862 was, by all accounts, a minor engagement in the Civil War: it produced only 10 Confederate and 12 Union casualties. In the narrative of Union Maj. … Continue reading

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