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Sandston in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

McClellan’s First Line

 
 
McClellan’s First Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. McClellan’s First Line Marker
Inscription. Union Brig. Gen. Silas Casey held both sides of the road here on 31 May 1862, in Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s first defensive line at Seven Pines. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston ordered a dawn attack, but his lieutenants acted slowly. Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill waited with his division about a mile west of here for the sound of gunfire to the south that was his signal to move. Exasperated by the delay, he assaulted on his own at 1 P.M. and smashed through Casey’s position to McClellan’s second line, but a lack of support combined with the arrival of fresh Union troops halted the attack. That evening, Johnston fell wounded and Gen. Robert E. Lee replaced him the next day.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 5.)
 
Location. 37° 31.404′ N, 77° 18.906′ W. Marker is in Sandston, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on East Williamsburg Road (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located on the north side of East Williamsburg Road, between J.B. Finley Road and N Confederate Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Sandston VA 23150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battlefield of Seven Pines (here, next to this marker);
Battle of Seven Pines Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 5, 2003
2. Battle of Seven Pines Markers
Two markers are found at this location.
Sandston (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seven Pines (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. ¼ mile away); McClellan’s Picket Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Second Day at Seven Pines (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandston.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Seven Pines. CWSAC Battle Summaries website. (Submitted on December 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Seven Pines. Detailed information of the Seven Pines battle. (Submitted on December 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Virtual Tour by Markers of the Battle of Seven Pines. This is one of several markers describing the actions of May 31 - June 1, 1862. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,366 times since then and 181 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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