1862 Peninsula CampaignThe Battle of Lee's Mill set the stage for an elaborate ruse as Gen. Magruder maneuvered his troops along the 12-mile line and created the illusion of double his numbers. Moreover, Gen. McClellan was daunted by the Confederate defenses and had siegeworks and 15 separate batteries for the heavy siege cannons and mortars erected between April 5 and May 4, 1862. Gen. Joseph Johnston arrived mid-April with three divisions that increased the Confederate force to 56,000. The only real battle occurred at Dam No. 1 on April 16, 1862, when the 3rd Vermont Infantry broke through the Confederate defenses. The Green Mountain boys did not receive reinforcements and retreated under heavy fire. McClellan wasted this opportunity, and his siege operations provided the Confederate high command time to prepare Richmond's defenses and reorganize their army.
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|Date Added||Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 12:33pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 361076 N 4114176|
|Decimal Degrees||37.16368333, -76.56466667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 9.821', W 76° 33.88'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 9' 49.26" N, 76° 33' 52.80" W|
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|Area Code(s)||757, 301|
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