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Beaver Dam Creek

Mechanicsville

Hanover County, VA  |  Jun 26, 1862

On June 26, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee initiated an offensive against Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s isolated right flank north of the Chickahominy River. Brig. Gen. A.P. Hill threw his division into a series of futile assaults against Brig. Gen. Fitz John Porter’s V Corps near Mechanicsville along Beaver Dam Creek. Confederate attacks were driven back with heavy casualties. Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley division, just arrived on the battlefield, forced Porter to withdraw that evening to a position just beyond Gaines’ Mill. The action began a week of near-constant combat known as the Seven Days battles that would force McClellan from the gates of Richmond and establish Lee’s offensive dominance.

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Civil War  |  Battle
Hampton Roads
Newport News, Norfok, and Portsmouth, VA  |  Mar 8 - 9, 1862
Result: Inconclusive
Est. Casualties: 393
Union: 369
Confederate: 24
Civil War  |  Battle
Yorktown
York County and Newport News, VA  |  Apr 5 - May 4, 1862
Result: Inconclusive
Est. Casualties: 482
Union: 182
Confederate: 300
Civil War  |  Battle
Lee's Mill
City of Newport News, VA  |  Apr 5, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Est. Casualties: 240
Union: 165
Confederate: 75
Civil War  |  Battle
Williamsburg
York County and Williamsburg, VA  |  May 5, 1862
Result: Inconclusive
Est. Casualties: 3,843
Union: 2,283
Confederate: 1,560
Civil War  |  Battle
Seven Pines
Henrico County, VA  |  May 31 - Jun 1, 1862
Result: Inconclusive
Est. Casualties: 13,736
Union: 5,739
Confederate: 7,997
Civil War  |  Battle
Beaver Dam Creek
Hanover County, VA  |  Jun 26, 1862
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 1,700
Union: 400
Confederate: 1,300
Civil War  |  Battle
Gaines' Mill
Hanover County, VA  |  Jun 27, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Est. Casualties: 15,500
Union: 6,800
Confederate: 8,700
Civil War  |  Battle
Glendale
Henrico County, VA  |  Jun 30, 1862
Result: Inconclusive
Est. Casualties: 7,470
Union: 3,797
Confederate: 3,673
Civil War  |  Battle
Malvern Hill
Henrico County, VA  |  Jul 1, 1862
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 7,700
Union: 2,100
Confederate: 5,600

Related Battles

Mechanicsville, VA | June 26, 1862
Result: Union Victory
Commanders
Forces Engaged
31,992
Union
15,631
Confed.
16,361
Estimated Casualties
1,700
Union
400
Confed.
1,300