The Seven Days Battle: Behind the Front Line
JUNE 26-JULY 1, 1862
Seven days,seven battles, our troops have fought ! It all began at Oak Grove, and into Mechanicsville,where Federal General Porter led our troops in an overview of the Confederate tactics. Our troops fought at Gaine's Mill, behind light barricades, and then went on to the Chickahominy River to join the rest of the Federal army. The Federal generals believed that the Confederates were closing in, and decided to withdraw (evacuate) to Harrison's Landing, where the troops would be protected by Federal warships. 90,000 of our men, artillery, ammunition, 3,100 wagons,and 2,500 cattle traveled to Harrison's Landing, on June 27.
July 1, our troops were attacked by the Confederate troops led by General Lee, on Malvern Hill. We were well prepared ! The withdrawal had given us many advantages we needed to succeed. Our casualties were 1,734 killed, 8,062 wounded, and 6,053 missing. Only at Gaine's Mill, had the Confederates been victors, while in the long run we were the champions !
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