The Peninsula Campaign March July July July In early as the beginning of the Civil War marked its first anniversary Major General George Brinton McClellan developed a plan for one of the most daring and complex movements of the great con

  • Title: The Peninsula Campaign, March-July 1862: July 1861-July 1862
  • Author: David G. Martin
  • ISBN: 9780938289098
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In early 1862, as the beginning of the Civil War marked its first anniversary, Major General George Brinton McClellan developed a plan for one of the most daring and complex movements of the great conflict The promising general known as Young Napoleon proposed a daring maneuver to take the Confederate capital at Richmond, not by the dangerous overland route, but by an aIn early 1862, as the beginning of the Civil War marked its first anniversary, Major General George Brinton McClellan developed a plan for one of the most daring and complex movements of the great conflict The promising general known as Young Napoleon proposed a daring maneuver to take the Confederate capital at Richmond, not by the dangerous overland route, but by an amphibious movement to the peninsula between the York and the James Rivers If successful, the whole enterprise would circumvent Joseph E Johnston s Army of Northern Virginia and allow McClellan to seize Richmond from the east in one masterly campaign On 17 March 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac initiated McClellan s ambitious plan It was the largest amphibious movement of the Civil War, consisting of 400 ships transporting 124,500 troops to Fort Monroe opposite Norfolk Instead of becoming a brilliant campaign, it degenerated into a costly series of battles which had important implications for both sides During the fights the reputations of several generals were ruined, other men began their rise to prominence and citizen soldiers threw down their lives attempting to learn their new trade The Peninsula Campaign remains one of the most intriguing and important campaigns of the Civil War Its major battles, at Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mill, and Malvern Hill, were as important and bloody as many later and better known engagements Despite the significance of the campaign, the personalities involved, and the enormity of the stakes to be won, a thorough accounting has never really been written on the Peninsula battles Dr David Martin, author of several books in the Great Campaigns series, undertakes the task of describing in detail the tactical, strategic and political aspects.

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