1862 Peninsula CampaignOn April 4, 1862, Major General George B. McClellan launched his offensive on the Virginia Peninsula against the Confederate capital at Richmond. Major General John B. Magruder's 13,000 troops halted the Union advance along the Warwick-Yorktown line on April 5, 1862. With aggressive troop maneuvers and artillery duels, Magruder deceived McClellan into believing he faced impregnable fortifications defended by over 100,000 troops. "Our reconnaissance of yesterday," reported McClellan, "shows the strength of the enemy's positions. The Warwick River grows worse the more you look at it." For the next month, McClellan concentrated 121,500 troops, 103 siege guns, and 44 artillery batteries against the Confederate defenders.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 6:30pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 363675 N 4116161|
|Decimal Degrees||37.18195000, -76.53576667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 10.917', W 76° 32.146'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 10' 55.02" N, 76° 32' 8.76" W|
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|Area Code(s)||757, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10001 Constitution Way, Newport News VA 23608, US|
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