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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.
Photographed 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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 31, 1862.
 
Location. 37° 31.404′ N, 77° 18.906′ W. Marker
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is in Sandston, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on East Williamsburg Road (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the north side of East Williamsburg Road, between J.B. Finley Road and N Confederate Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandston VA 23150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battlefield of Seven Pines (here, next to this marker); Sandston (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the First Public Library in Henrico County (about 800 feet away); 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. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. ¼ mile away); McClellan’s Picket Line (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

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

3. Virtual Tour by Markers of the Battle of Seven Pines.
Battle of Seven Pines Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 5, 2003
2. Battle of Seven Pines Markers
Two markers are found at this location.
This is one of several markers describing the actions of May 31 - June 1, 1862. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,912 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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