Lee Takes Command: From Seven Days to Second Bull Run
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The editors of Time-Life Books have produced another exciting series: The Civil War. Lee Takes Command, which details from Seven Days to the Second Bull Run, and is brought to you in wonderful detail through vivid photography and engaging, informative text.
was held in reserve. Nearly 80 pieces of artillery were deployed along the chanicsville, crest of the ridge. Porter's men hastily dug rifle pits and con- wounded. Confederate casualties lay along Beaver Dam Creek, a Federal officer ob- structed crude breastworks with felled trees served, "like flies in a bowl of sugar." they settled back to wait. One 36 Federal colonel reported that "the cries and pillaged fence When Lee rails. Then around noon, discovered the Federal with- drawal
stubbornly at the Battle of Gaines's Mill, losing 112 Major General Richard Ewell, arrived on the field at about 4:30 p.m. and was sent by Lee men killed or wounded. to support Hill's left. In the lead, Ewell's 15th cross a little Private W. knee in the swampy Alabama had to stream; one soldier, A. McClendon, sank up to his mud, By the time losing his shoe. he had retrieved the shoe and caught up with the advance, McClendon's company was under musket fire from Sykes's red-legged
Landing. The two-square-mile sup- gruder was to advance eastward against the Federal rear along the River Railroad. son, who was Richmond & York He would to cross the be aided by Jack- Chickahominy at 49 Flight to the James Grapevine Bridge and link up with Maleft. If all went well, Lee would cut off and trap much of McClellan's army. Since Lee did not expect A. P. Hill and gruder's Longstreet to intercept the retreating Federal column until the following day, the pressure this
off toward Manassas. But then Abner Doubleday were out of sight behind. Gibbon saw several columns of horsemen come out of the woods; roving cavalry, he thought. Then Gibbon watched the lead horses swing left in unison and his artilleryman's eye recognized the move instantly: King's division came straight on, marching guns going into battery. to reveal himself, to sting fore the Federals got too strong. He and down the ridge, nervous and irritable, "cross as a bear," Blackford said.
anxiously considering the contradicafter the general tory evidence." Though on the Ricketts could right, Porter make no headway moved out with his corps remained undetected by the Union high command after nearly 24 hours on the scene. Pope had a talent for ignoring what he did and Hatch's division in the Federal center, not wish to hear. Porter's report of a Confed- also him was dismissed by Pope as an excuse to do nothing. Pope had by nians erate force in front of now received