By John L. Papanek
The editors of Time-Life Books have produced one other intriguing sequence: The Civil warfare. Lee Takes Command, which info from Seven Days to the second one Bull Run, and is dropped at you in exceptional aspect via shiny images and fascinating, informative textual content.
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Late on the night of Friday, June 27, 1862, tilla while Federal ambulances rumbled across for reinforcements the Chickahominy bridges with of wounded and dying from their burden the Battle of Gaines's Mill, George B. McClellan called a council of war. , corps when his five commanders had gathered before a big Clellan was careful men and that from Washington. Mc- to label this a euphemism point not lost on the When men in the ranks. Hooker, division commanders man's Army of the Potomac, McClellan was now Once Fitz-John Porter's corps withdrew across the Chickahominy that night, crucial.
I am very glad to see you. " Having delivered this gentle rebuke, Lee Porter had done a masterful job. — a He had handled his defenses, according to his oppo- nent D. H. S. Cavalry spur their mounts forward in a desperate charge to save Federal batteries near Boatswain's Creek. The gallant try was futile: Confederate infantry drove the troopers back and seized the guns. ly tried. Ammunition was running low, and many of the Federals had been firing so long musket barrels were fouled. Worse, Porter had committed all his that their re- serves, including Slocum's division of straw- hatted reinforcements, and his lines were now desperately thin.
Much rode on the success of the demonstration; if McClellan mounted a full-scale attack against him, the Federals might easily smash through. If Lee lost his gamble, he might Richmond. That night McClellan did in fact know that something was afoot. Over the past few also lose Confederate division, but after three hours days he had received reports that Stonewall of fighting General Heintzelman inexplic- Jackson was marching down to fall upon his 31 , i 32 s The On June 26, Lee sparked the first right major battle of the Seven Days by sending most of his forces north McClellan grew even more against Fitz-John Porter's V Corps on wing from the rear.