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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Join Us for "The Greatest Charge of the Civil War!"


One hundred fifty-six years ago, a little-known battlefield general named Robert E. Lee launched the Civil War’s largest assault, which would earn Lee his first real victory and begin his rise to fame.

Fought on June 27, 1862, the Battle of Gaines’ Mill was the second of the legendary Seven Days Battles near the Confederate capital at Richmond, and the bloodiest of them all with more than 15,000 casualties.  During the battle, Lee’s Confederates slammed into portions of General George McClellan’s Union soldiers, but were repulsed every time until Lee launched his massive assault with more than 40,000 Southerners near day’s end. The Union barely held on until darkness closed the conflict.

So, I am especially excited to invite you to our next Generations event! The American Battlefield Trust is teaming up with Richmond National Battlefield Park on June 27th, the 156th battle anniversary. We will march in the footsteps of the blue and gray soldiers, and learn about the people, places, and events at Gaines’ Mill to recreate the greatest charge of the Civil War!

This event is open to all, but try to bring your son, granddaughter, niece, nephew, or friend to help instill a lifelong passion for history! They will have an opportunity to grab a (wooden!) musket, choose their side, outflank the enemy, and learn about the climactic fight atop the Watt House Plateau where Lee gained his first victory and McClellan’s campaign for Richmond was doomed. Kids will even get the chance to don hats and uniforms of their choice. Please register today to reserve your spot!

The Generations program will be followed by the unveiling of new National Park Service wayside exhibits at Gaines’ Mill, remarks by former park Superintendent David Ruth and an optional History at Sunset hike, so you can make it a fun, fit and meaningful afternoon and evening!

Questions? Feel free to contact us at education@battlefields.org.

American Battlefield Trust