Battle of Yorktown (1862)

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Battle of Yorktown
Began:

April 5, 1862

Ended:

May 4, 1862

Location:

York County and Newport News, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Peninsula Campaign

Outcome:

Inconclusive

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Combatants
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Army of the Potomac

Army of Northern Virginia

Commanders

George B. McClellan
Major General, USA

Joseph E. Johnston
General, CSA
John B. Magruder
Major General, CSA

Strength

121,500

35,000

Casualties

182

300

  

Marching from Fort Monroe, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s army encountered Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder’s small Confederate army at Yorktown behind the Warwick River. Magruder’s theatrics convinced the Federals that his works were strongly held. McClellan suspended the march up the Peninsula toward Richmond, ordered the construction of siege fortifications, and brought his heavy siege guns to the front. In the meantime, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston brought reinforcements for Magruder. On 16 April, Union forces probed a weakness in the Confederate line at Lee’s Mill or Dam No. 1, resulting in about 309 casualties. Failure to exploit the initial success of this attack, however, held up McClellan for two additional weeks, while he tried to convince his navy to maneuver the Confederates’ big guns at Yorktown and Gloucester Point and ascend the York River to West Point thus outflanking the Warwick Line. McClellan planned for a massive bombardment to begin at dawn on May 4, but the Confederate army slipped away in the night toward Williamsburg. (NPS summary)

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