Seven Days Battles 1862: Lee's Defense of Richmond

Seven Days Battles 1862: Lee's Defense of Richmond

Angus Konstam


whilst normal Robert E. Lee took command of the military of Northern Virginia, the Confederacy was once in quandary. common McClellan's Union military lay encamped below ten miles from Richmond, and the Southerners have been outnumbered and dispirited. Lee replaced all that during an excellent weeklong crusade. Stuart's reconnaissance in strength, immortalised as his trip round McClellan's military, had printed flaws in McClellan's inclinations. Lee used this intelligence good, and massed his outnumbered strength opposed to the Union correct flank. On 26 June the Confederates struck, scuffling with hard-fought and bloody battles in days; Mechanicsville (26 June) and Gaine's Mill (27 June). even supposing the victories have been received at a bad human price, the ferocity of the accomplice attacks confident McClellan that he was once outnumbered. He duly retreated in the direction of his provide base at the James River. Lee's males pursued, and McClellan was once compelled to make a scuffling with retreat, preventing two times to hold up his pursuers. regardless of extra battles at Frayser's Farm (30 June) and Malvern Hill (1 July), he was once not able to maintain the Confederates at bay, and the Union military was once recalled to Washington. regardless of wasting 1 / 4 of his military in per week, Lee had kept Richmond, and inflicted a humiliating defeat at the military of the Potomac. even though different victories may keep on with, Lee's battles in defence of the accomplice capital have been the most important to the survival of the Southern reason, and received him the distinction of the scuffling with males on either side. Angus Konstam strains the process this brief and bloody crusade, the beginnings of Robert E. Lee's mythical popularity, and the origins of the battle-winning elan of the military of Northern Virginia.

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