Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Seven Days’ Battles Begin
A fractured nation watched these events with intense interest. Would the war end in the summer of 1862? Lee’s bold gamble on June 26 temporarily split his available force into three separate commands. From here he launched his first attack as commander of the Confederate army. Six days later McClellan’s force had been driven 25 miles across the country, to the banks of the James River. With his retreat, any hopes for an early end to the war vanished.
“If there is one man in either army, Federal or Confederate, who is, head & shoulders, far above every other one in either army in audacity that man is Gen. Lee….Lee is audacity personified. His name is audacity….”
Joseph Ives, officer on the staff of President Jefferson Davis, before the Seven Days’ Campaign opened
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Location. 37° 35.107′ N, 77° Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Defending Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Chickahominy Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Outer Fortifications (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanover County / Henrico County (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Chickahominy River & Seven Days' Battles (approx. 0.4 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. half a mile away); Seven Days Battles (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Marshall's Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. In the center is a painting with the caption, "Generals Longstreet, Lee and D.H. Hill spent much of June 26 on these bluffs watching and waiting for the advance of General A.P. Hill and Stonewall Jackson."
On the right is a map of "Lee's battle plan".
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “The Seven Days Begin” (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 977 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.