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

Seven Days' Battles Begin

 
 
Seven Days' Battles Begin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 20, 2010
1. Seven Days' Battles Begin Marker
Inscription.  By the final week of June 1862, the Union army lay sprawled east of Richmond, on both sides of the flooded Chickahominy River. General George B. McClellan planned to move that army within artillery range of Richmond; Confederate leader Robert E. Lee was determined to drive McClellan away from the city, even if that meant fighting a major battle.

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
Chickahominy Bluff image. Click for full size.
August 20, 2010
2. Chickahominy Bluff
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.

 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 35.107′ N, 77° 23.348′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Mechanicsville Turnpike (U.S. 360) near Springdale Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defending Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Chickahominy Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seven Days Begin (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Chickahominy Bluff (about 600 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Lee's battle plan image. Click for full size.
August 20, 2010
3. Lee's battle plan
 

2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Chickahominy Bluff Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 20, 2010
4. Chickahominy Bluff Overlook
Seven Days' Battles Begin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, March 24, 2018
5. Seven Days' Battles Begin Marker
The View Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2011
6. The View Today
Trees, which also mask the nearby housing subdivisions and power lines, block the wartime view.
Chickahominy Bluff Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 20, 2010
7. Chickahominy Bluff Earthworks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,158 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   6. submitted on February 28, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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