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Gaines' Mill

June 27, 1862

Hanover County, Virginia

Though significant portions of pristine battlefield land remain in private hands, the Richmond National Battlefield maintains a key portion of the Gaines' Mill battlefield, including the historic Watt House.

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Essential To-Do List:
Gaines' Mill

Get the most out of your Civil War battlefield visit by exploring these recommended To-Dos.

See the bloodiest Seven Days battlefield -- Gaines' Mill

The attacking Confederates paid a terrible price in casualties at Gaines' Mill to drive the Union away from Richmond.

Visit the Watt House

On this plateau, the right wing of McClellan's Army of the Potomac resisted repeated Confederate attacks until nightfall during the Battle of Gaines' Mill.

See the Fifth Corps' Position Above Boatswain's Creek

Fitz John Porter's men took up a formidable position here during the Battle of Gaines' Mill, repulsing multiple Confederate assaults before a sustained effort finally broke through a two-mile front at dusk.

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