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George B. McClellan and Joseph E. Johnston, commanders of the Union and Confederate armies in the Peninsula Campaign.
George B. McClellan and Joseph E. Johnston, commanders of the Union and Confederate armies in the Peninsula Campaign.

Peninsula Campaign

American Major Invasion Campaign into the Confederacy (1862)

The Peninsula Campaign was a major invasion of the Confederacy commanded by Union General George McClellan. The Campaign was, at first, a major success when McClellan was fighting the cautious General Joseph E. Johnston and had little trouble making his way inland towards his objective of capturing the Confederate Capitol of Richmond, Virginia. it wasn't until the Battle of Seven Pines that the Union Army was halted by an inconclusive battle and Joseph E. Johnston was seriously wounded and the more aggressive General Robert E. Lee took command and launched an offensive called the Seven Days Battles where he constantly attacked and drove back the Union Army out of Virginia.

The Battles in the Peninsula Campaign are: the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Siege of Yorktown, the Battle of Williamsburg, the Battle of Eltham's Landing, the Battle of Drewry's Bluff, the Battle of Hanover Court House, and the the Battle of Seven Pines. The Seven Days Battles include: the Battle of Oak Grove, the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, the Battle of Gaines' Mill, the Battle of Garnett's and Golding's Farm, the Battle of Savage's Station, the Battle of White Oak Swamp, the Battle of Glendale, and the Battle of Malvern Hill.

Submitted By:  David Allison


 
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