Army of Northern Virginia: February to September 1862

Appearance of Robert E. Lee

When did the Seven Days’ Battles begin?

It began on June 26, 1862. Robert E. Lee, naturally, did not expect that this would be a set of battles lasting for seven days. His plan was to attack McClellan’s exposed right flank which “hung” to the north and drive him away from Richmond.

This portrait depicts the grimness and tenacity of Stonewall Jackson, the legendary leader of the Stonewall Brigade, but he and his forces were so exhausted by the time they got to Mechanicsville that they were not prepared for the battle until the afternoon.


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