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Seven Days Battles

June 26, 1862 – July 1, 1862

With a Federal army of more than 100,000 well-supplied soldiers poised on its eastern flank, the citizens of Richmond, Virginia warily awaited news from the tenuous lines along the swampy Chickahominy River. Would the Union Army, after victories at Fort Henry and Donelson, take Richmond as its ultimate prize? Would the brief tenure of the Confederacy come to a quick and inglorious end in the summer of 1862?

In what would prove to be one of the more savage and remarkable campaigns of the American Civil War, the Army of Northern Virginia under the leadership of a new commander named Robert E. Lee would take to the offensive against George B. McClellan and his mighty Army of the Potomac.

Saving Seven Days Battlefields

  • The Civil War Trust has been an active force over the years in working to save the battlefields of the Seven Days Campaign.
  • To date the Trust has saved more than 1,565 acres at Glendale, Gaines’ Mill, and Malvern Hill.
    In the face of rapid suburban development in the region, the Civil War Trust was able to save almost the entire core of the Glendale battlefield and our 950+ acres at Malvern Hill has helped to make it one of the best preserved battlefields in the region.
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Over the next seven days, the Army of Northern Virginia would deliver blow after blow at Beaver Dam Creek, Gaines’ Mill, Savage Station, Glendale, and Malvern Hill. Gone were the days of torpor and defensive maneuver. Lee would usher in a new era of offensive combat that would not only completely unnerve George McClellan, but would force the evacuation of the Union army from the region.  Lee's victory in the Seven Days would mean that the savage fighting of the Civil War would continue for 3 more hard years.

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Seven Days Battles

DATES
BATTLE
SAVED BY CIVIL WAR TRUST
June 26, 1862
June 27, 1862
32 Acres Saved

Preservation Opportunity: Help Save 285 Acres at Gaines' Mill »

June 29, 1862
June 30, 1862
581 Acres Saved
June 30, 1862
July 1, 1862
952 Acres Saved

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