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
ó1862 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 the river. Whiting soon discovered, however, that his men were within range of Federal gunboats in the York River but that the vessels were out of range of Confederate cannons. About 2 p.m., he disengaged
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′ W. Marker is near West Point, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of Farmers Drive and Plum Point Road, on the left when traveling south on Farmers Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point VA 23181, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 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 2,687 times since then and 125 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.