26 Sep 2018

By Foot, Hoof, or Boat: The Peninsula Campaign, Explained

When George B. McClellan began the Peninsula Campaign toward Richmond in March of 1862, the Union hoped – and the Confederacy feared – that a successful attack on the Confederate capital could end the Civil War. While the Peninsula Campaign had some dramatic moments, the end of the war was not one of them. It took McClellan’s army nearly three months to get within miles of Richmond – and Robert E. Lee’s army seven days to drive them back again.

Now you can follow the twists and turns of McClellan’s amphibious movements, Joe Johnston’s Fabian tactics and Lee’s aggressive offensive with our newest Animated Map. The video tells the story of the Peninsula Campaign with digital motion graphics, live-action footage, original photographs and illustrations and, of course, our detailed animated battle maps. From the first-ever engagement of ironclads at Hampton Roads to “Prince John” Magruder’s deception at Yorktown, from Williamsburg to Seven Pines to the Seven Days Battles, get ready to learn about technological innovations, brilliant maneuvers, bad luck, and decisions good and bad.

See how the campaign that could have ended the Civil War ended up changing the course of it. Visit our website to watch the Peninsula Animated Map now.

Send Us Your Photos and Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

Have you visited a battlefield and snapped photos of your friends or family experiencing hallowed ground? Send us your favorite pics by October 15th for a chance to win a gift certificate for our new online store launching next month. Two winners – one "people's choice” and one “staff favorite” chosen by our team – will receive $50 gift certificates to spend on merchandise of their choosing.

63 Acres Preserved in Tennessee

Within Tennessee’s borders, brother truly fought against brother, and more Civil War battles were waged than in any other state, save Virginia. Today, we can declare victory on land at two of the most significant battlefields in this incredibly significant state, Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads.

Virginia in the Civil War

Did you know that 43 percent of Civil War battles took place in Virginia? Or that, today, the state has 165 preserved battlefields? Our own David Duncan gives a synopsis of all things Civil War in Virginia in this short video.

How Well Do You Know the Emancipation Proclamation?

September 22 was the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Test your knowledge of this history-changing document with our brief quiz. (Spoiler: We already told you the first answer!)

Civil War In4: Richmond

In our new In4, Mike Gorman of Richmond National Battlefield Park describes the happenings in and around Richmond during the Civil War. This quick video covers why Richmond became the capital of the South, the Confederate leaders that called the city home, and the Union's two campaigns against the capital city.

Save Land at Three 1862 Battlefields

What do Hickenlooper's Battery, Randol's Battery, and Latimer's Battery have in common? Each was part of key battle action near three crucial tracts on three 1862 battlefields – Shiloh in the west, and Glendale and Fredericksburg in the east. Today, we can save these three crucial tracts – which have a transaction value of $1,178,000 – for just $243,000.

Lee's HQ Open House on October 6th

Our team will be holding an open house at the site of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters in Gettysburg. The house and grounds, which served as Gen. Lee’s command center during the Battle of Gettysburg, was preserved by the Trust in 2016 as part of a $6 million acquisition and restoration project. In addition, the grounds and interpretive trail will be open from sunrise to sunset.

American Battlefield Trust

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