The Peninsula Campaign Page35
Photos/text this page courtesy of Richard Edling, PA and William Bozic, Houston, TX

Congress and Cumberland Overlook
Camp Butler area

Richard Edling photo


(7-2007) Congress and Cumberland Overlook
Camp Butler area and the "A Nameless Grave" tablet

Richard Edling photo


(7-2007) Enlarge Congress and Cumberland Overlook
A Nameless Grave by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Richard Edling photo


(July 2013) Enlarge Battle of Seven Pines: McClellan's First Line
This photograph was taken July 9, 2013. The marker is a short distance away from the post office. Try to imagine McClellan's troops on either side of the road being attacked by charging Confederates and eventually falling back
Union Brig. Gen. Silas Casey held both sides of the road here on 31 May 1862, in Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s first defensive line at Seven Pines. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston ordered a dawn attack, but his lieutenants acted slowly. Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill waited with his division about a mile west of here for the sound of gunfire to the south that was his signal to move. Exasperated by the delay, he assaulted on his own at 1 P.M. and smashed through Casey’s position to McClellan’s second line, but a lack of support combined with the arrival of fresh Union troops halted the attack. That evening, Johnston fell wounded and Gen. Robert E. Lee replaced him the next day
William Bozic photo


(July 2013) Enlarge Battle of Seven Pines: McClellan's First Line Monument
This monument lies beneath the Virginia Highway marker devoted to the same topic. The marker rather succinctly details the activities of the forces which occurred during the Battle of Seven Pines at McClellan's first line of defense
William Bozic photo


(July 2013) Enlarge Battle of Seven Pines: McClellan's Second Line of Defense
This photo was taken on July 9, 2012 at an intersection. You will notice the Seven Pines National Cemetery located adjacent to the marker
William Bozic photo


(July 2013) Enlarge Seven Pines National Cemetery
This rather small national cemetery bears silent witness to the terrible cost of the battle. Unfortunately on July 9, 2013 it was impossible to visit due to extensive restoration and refurbishment of the main house. In fact, it was difficult to get the picture because construction crews and their equipment blocked most views. We were very surprised to find the cemetery in the middle of town on a highly trafficked street with no options parking safely at the site
William Bozic photo


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