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Seven Days Battles
Part of the American Civil War

George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee, respective commanders of the Union and Confederate armies in the Seven Days
Date June 25 – July 1, 1862
Result Confederate victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America Confederate States (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
George B. McClellan Robert E. Lee
Units involved
Army of the Potomac Army of Northern Virginia

114,691 ("present for duty equipped"):

  • 105,445 (Army of the Potomac without Dix's Division);
  • 9,246 (Dix's Division at Fort Monroe, Va);
Casualties and losses
1,734 killed
8,062 wounded
6,053 missing/captured
3,494 killed
15,758 wounded
952 missing/captured

The Seven Days Battles (June 25, 1862 – July 1, 1862) were a series of six major battles fought near Richmond, Virginia during the American Civil War. Union army. In early 1862, Major general George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac landed at Hampton, Virginia and began fighting its way up the Virginia Peninsula. By mid-may his army of over 100,000 soldiers were on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital. If McClellan could capture Richmond, it could end the war. The city was defended by the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The two armies had just fought the Battle of Seven Pines in which the Confederate general, Joseph E. Johnston, had just been wounded. Jefferson Davis appointed General Robert E. Lee to take over command. The Seven Days Battles proved to be the most decisive engagements of the Peninsula Campaign.

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