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Battle of Gaines' Mill

Location: Hanover County, VA (near Mechanicsville, VA)
Dates: June 27, 1862
Union Commander:   Fitz John Porter, Brigadier General
Confederate Commander:  Robert E. Lee, General

Battle Summary:
After pushing to the "Gates of Richmond," George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac was positioned to bring siege to the Confederate capitol.  However, with CS General Joseph Johnston's severe wounding, at Seven Pines, the soon to be christened Army of Northern Virginia, had a new commander - CS General Robert E. Lee.  Lee would immediately go on the offensive, pushing McClellan's army southeast, at the battle of Mechanicsville.... More>>>>

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Federal cannon at Gaines' Mill Battlefield.