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THE CIVIL WAR AT 155 YEARS
(from CivilWarMonths.com):

1862:

The Peninsula Campaign: Closing in on Richmond
12 May - Panic began spreading throughout the Confederate capital of Richmond as Major General George B. McClellan’s Federal Army of the Potomac was now just 22 miles away and still advancing up the Virginia Peninsula...


The Destruction of the C.S.S. Virginia
11 May - The ironclad that had terrified the Federals was destroyed to prevent capture. This paved the way for the Federal naval fleet to advance up the James River to threaten Richmond...


The Fall of Pensacola
10 May - Confederate forces abandoned a key naval base on the Gulf of Mexico after holding out against a powerful Federal threat for over a year...


The Battle of Plum Run Bend
10 May - Confederates launched a surprise attack on the Mississippi River to keep the Federals from continuing downstream and capturing Fort Pillow and Memphis...


Confederates Abandon Norfolk
9 May - President Abraham Lincoln personally directed an operation that resulted in capturing one of the Confederacy’s most important naval bases...


The Peninsula Campaign: Dissension on Both Sides
8 May - As General Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederates fell back to the Chickahominy River, Major General George B. McClellan continued complaining to the Lincoln administration about lack of adequate support...


The Battle of McDowell
8 May - A fight for possession of a key hill resulted in a Federal withdrawal and Confederates seizing the initiative in the Shenandoah Valley...


The Shenandoah Valley Intensifies
7 May - Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates moved west to join forces with the Army of the Northwest and confront a detachment of Major General John C. Fremont’s Federal army...


The Peninsula Campaign: Eltham's Landing
6 May - The Confederates continued falling back, with a detachment trying to bide time by challenging a Federal troop landing at the mouth of the York River...


The Battle of Williamsburg
5 May - Portions of the main armies on the Virginia Peninsula clashed in a savage engagement that did little to change the dispositions of either the Federals or Confederates...



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