Civil War Battle of Malvern Hill Map
Union and Confederate Battlefield Positions at Malvern Hill: July 1, 1862
|Battle of Malvern Hill Map
|Malvern Hill Battlefield Map
Photo of Malvern Hill in June 2005
|Photo of Malvern Hill
|Malvern Hill Photograph
(Photograph of the Malvern Hills situated in the English Midlands, UK. The Celtic name Moel-bryn
means Bare-Hill, and a later spelling was Maelfern, aka Malvern.)
Recommended Reading: To The Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign,
by Stephen W. Sears. From Kirkus Reviews: In George B. McClellan (1988) and his work editing the papers of the Union general,
Sears established himself as the critical but indispensable authority on flawed ``Little Mac.'' Now, in a stirring prequel
to Landscape Turned Red (1983), his superb account of the Battle of Antietam, the author reaffirms his mastery of historical
narrative. In March 1862, the egotistical but timorous McClellan was prodded by Lincoln into
finally launching the first major offensive by the Army of the Potomac. Instead of marching
directly overland from Washington, McClellan used Federal sea power to advance on Richmond by way of the peninsula between the York and James Rivers.
The ``Grand Campaign,'' however,
soon belied its creator's Napoleonic pretensions by becoming a three-and-a-half-month nightmare of feints and pitched battles,
ultimately engaging up to a combined quarter-million men on both sides and leaving one of every four men dead, wounded, or
missing. Using hundreds of eyewitness accounts, Sears demonstrates how the most creative use of military technology (ironclad
warships, 200-pounder rifled cannon, battlefield telegraph, and aerial reconnaissance) existed side by side with the most
appalling mismanagement (Stonewall Jackson's uncharacteristic lethargy; McClellan's mistaken belief that the numerically inferior
rebels possessed a two-to-one manpower advantage; out-of-sync attacks by both Confederate and Union generals). Above all,
though, Sears casts the campaign as a clash of wits and wills between McClellan--whom he accuses of losing ``the courage to
command''--and Robert E. Lee--who, upon succeeding the wounded Joseph E. Johnson as head of the Army of Northern Virginia,
seized the initiative, repulsed the assault in the series of ``Seven Days'' battles, and began his long journey into legend.
An authoritative, ironic, and stirring addition to Civil War annals. “…[No] serious study of the Peninsula Campaign
is possible without this book.” Americancivilwarhistory.org
Reading: The Official Virginia Civil War Battlefield Guide. Review: This is one of the most useful guides I've ever read.
Virginia was host to nearly one-third of all Civil War engagements,
and this guide covers them all like a mini-history of the war. Unlike travel books that are organized geographically, this
guide organizes them chronologically. Each campaign is prefaced by a detailed overview, followed by concise (from 1 to 4 pages,
depending on the battle's importance) but engrossing descriptions of the individual engagements. Continued below…
make this a great book to browse through when you're not in the car. Most sites' summaries touch on their condition--whether
they're threatened by development (as too many are) and whether they're in private hands or protected by the park service.
But the maps are where this book really stands out. Each battle features a very clear map designating army positions and historical
roads, as well as historical markers (the author also wrote “A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers”), parking, and visitors'
centers. Best of all, though, many battles are illustrated with paintings or photographs of the sites, and the point-of-view
of these pictures is marked on each map!
Extraordinary Circumstances: The Seven Days Battles (Library Binding).
Description: EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES tells the story of the Seven Days Battles, the first campaign in the Civil War in
which Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia. One of the most decisive military campaigns in Western history, the
Seven Days were fought in the area southeast of the Confederate capitol of Richmond from June 25 to July 1, 1862--and began
a string of events leading to the Emancipation Proclamation and the shift toward total war.
Recommended Reading: The Richmond Campaign of 1862: The Peninsula
and the Seven Days (Military Campaigns of the Civil War). Description: The Richmond campaign of April-July 1862 ranks as one of the most important military operations
of the first years of the American Civil War. Key political, diplomatic, social, and military issues were at stake as Robert
E. Lee and George B. McClellan faced off on the peninsula between the York and James Rivers. The climactic clash came on June
26-July 1 in what became known as the Seven Days battles, when Lee, newly appointed as commander of the Confederate forces,
aggressively attacked the Union army. Casualties for the entire campaign exceeded 50,000, more than 35,000 of whom fell during
the Seven Days. Continued below…
book offers nine essays in which well-known Civil War historians explore questions regarding high command, strategy and tactics,
the effects of the fighting upon politics and society both North and South, and the ways in which emancipation figured in
the campaign. The authors have consulted previously untapped manuscript sources and reinterpreted more familiar evidence,
sometimes focusing closely on the fighting around Richmond and sometimes looking more broadly at the background
and consequences of the campaign.
Reading: Stonewall in the Valley: Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign,
Spring 1862. Description: The Valley Campaign
conducted by Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson has long fascinated those interested in the American Civil War as well
as general students of military history, all of whom still question exactly what Jackson
did in the Shenandoah in 1862 and how he did it. Since Robert G. Tanner answered many questions in the first edition of Stonewall
in the Valley in 1976, he has continued to research the campaign. This edition offers new insights on the most significant
moments of Stonewall's Shenandoah triumph. Continued below…
About the Author:
Robert G. Tanner is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. Tanner is a native of Southern California, he now lives
and practices law in Atlanta, Georgia. He has studied and lectured
on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign for more than twenty-five years.