Near West Point in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Elthamís Landing
A vast array of equipment and thousands of troops
ó 1862 Peninsula Campaign ó
By dawn on May 7, a vast array of equipment and thousands of troops had poured into the open fields. The cavalrymen reported the landing to Johnston at Barhamsville, three miles southwest of here. Johnston assigned Gen. Gustavus W. Smith to block the Federal advance, and Smith sent Gen. W.H.C. Whitingís division forward. As Franklinís division began moving south toward Barhamsville, Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood led his Texas brigade north with Col. Wade Hamptonís Legion on his right. Together they drove Franklinís skirmish line back toward
In April 1862, Union forces under Gen. George B. McClellan began a major campaign to capture Richmond, marching west from Fort Monroe up the Peninsula between the York and James rivers towards the Confederate capital. A Confederate army half their size opposed them. Slowly but inevitably, the Federal juggernaut overcame three Southern defensive lines and was soon camped in Richmondís eastern suburbs. New commander Robert E. Lee, however, led a Confederate offensive that drove the Union army away during the Seven Dayís Battles at the end of June.
New Kent County is working with its citizens to preserve and interpret other parts of the Elthamís Landing Battlefield. Please visit www.co.new-kent.va.us for updated information.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 30.759′ N, 76° 49.183′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point VA 23181, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eltham (approx. 0.8 miles away); Peninsular Campaign (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Brick House (approx. 0.8 miles away); New Kent County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller (approx. 1.7 miles away); Home of Signer (approx. 2 miles away); Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller (approx. 2 miles away); Indians Poisoned At Peace Meeting (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
More about this marker. On the right is a map detailing troop movements on the battlefield and photos of "Gen. William B. Franklin", "Gen W.H.C. Whiting" and "Gen. Joseph E. Johnson". Library of Congress
Also see . . . CWSAC Battle Summary. Elthamís Landing (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,850 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 6. submitted on April 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.