Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Lee’s Mill
1862 Peninsula Campaign
On April 4, 1862, the Army of the Potomac moved up the Peninsula in two columns. The III Corps marched from Fort Monroe up the Hampton-Yorktown Road toward the Yorktown defenses, and the IV Corps advanced up the Great Warwick Road from Camp Butler toward the Halfway House between Yorktown and Williamsburg. Gen. McClellan planned to trap the Confederates in a two-pronged maneuver with the III Corps holding Magruder’s forces at Yorktown while the IV Corps blocked their retreat toward Williamsburg.
The Battle of Lee’s Mill on April 5, 1862, stopped the Union flanking movement. Gen. McClellan’s maps incorrectly showed the Warwick River flowing parallel to the James River. Therefore, he was unaware that the Warwick flowed from near Yorktown and blocked the Union advance. Lee’s Mill was defended by one brigade from Brig. Gen. Lafayette McLaws’ division and supported by Capt. Joseph Cosnahan’s Peninsula
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 9.822′ N, 76° 33.912′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Rivers Ridge Circle, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located along the walking trail
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Occupation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Warwick-Yorktown Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortification Design (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Lee’s Mill (about 500 feet away); Lee’s Mill (about 500 feet away); The Warwick River (about 600 feet away); Lee’s Mill Earthworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Glebe Lands (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. A portrait of Brig. Gen. Erasmus Keyes, Courtesy of Library of Congress, appears on the top of the marker to the left of the title. The bottom left of the marker features a drawing of “Union Artillery Shelling Lee’s Mill.” Courtesy of the Virginia War Museum. A photograph of Gen. William F. Smith and Staff, Courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society also appears on the marker.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers along the walking trail in Lee’s Mill Historic Park.
Also see . . .
1. The Peninsula Campaign. (Submitted on September 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on September 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,957 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.