By Angus Konstam
Osprey's exam of the quick but the most important crusade of the yankee Civil battle (1861-1865). whilst common Robert E. Lee took command of the military of Northern Virginia, the Confederacy used to be in problem. Lee replaced all that during an excellent, week-long crusade. On 26 June the Confederates struck, combating hard-fought battles in days at Mechanicsville and Gaine's Mill. The ferocity of the accomplice attacks confident McClellan that he used to be outnumbered. not able to maintain the Confederates at bay, the Union military used to be recalled to Washington. regardless of wasting 1 / 4 of his males, Lee had kept Richmond, and inflicted a humiliating defeat at the military of the Potomac.
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Library of Congress) Brigadier common Samuel Peter Heintzelman (1805-80), the commander of III Corps masterminded the decided Union security at Frayser's Farm (Glendale), whilst he stopped a lively assault by way of Longstreet. (Library of Congress) Brigadier common Fitz-John Porter (1822-1901) and his V Corps bore the brunt of the struggling with throughout the Seven Days, and within the procedure he displayed his skills as a proficient protecting commander. (Library of Congress) significant basic William B. Franklin (1823-1903) performed a minor position within the crusade, even supposing his VI Corps was once taken with the struggling with at Frayser's Farm and White Oak Swamp. (Stratford Archive) Brigadier basic Erasmus Darwin Keyes (1810-95), commander of IV Corps The Massachusetts-born Keyes graduated from West element in 1832, after which served within the artillery. Mter serving within the South, he joined the employees of basic Winfield Scott as an army secretary, advising his commander at the scenario at the Western frontier. He taught artillery strategies at West element in the course of the 1850s, after which rejoined common Scott's employees presently earlier than the struggle begun. InJune 1861, he grew to become a Brigadier common of Volunteers, and the next month he commanded a brigade with contrast throughout the conflict of First Manassas (Bull Run). In March 1862, President Lincoln named him commander of IV Corps, and he retained this command during the Peninsula crusade. He bore the brunt of Johnston's assault at reasonable Oaks on 31 could, and even supposing he played good adequate through the conflict, his corps was once badly shattered. He performed a minor function within the Seven Days crusade, as his depleted Corps remained south of the Chickahominy River, after which was once the 1st to be withdrawn to Harrison's touchdown whilst the retreat begun. whilst McClellan withdrew his military from the Peninsula, Keyes remained in the back of to command the Union troops who garrisoned the decrease Peninsula. He resigned from the military in 1864, after which moved to California the place he turned a profitable businessman. Brigadier basic Fitz-John Porter (1822-1901), commander of V Corps Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Porter was once the son of a amazing naval officer, whose uncle gained renown as a naval commander throughout the battle of 1812. He was once additionally a cousin of David D. Porter, a Union Admiral who served with contrast throughout the Civil conflict. unusually he opted for a profession within the military instead of the military, and graduated from West element in 1845. He gained brevet promotions for gallantry throughout the Mexican-American warfare (1846-48), after which served as an teacher and adjutant at West aspect until eventually 1855. He took half in an army excursion in Utah throughout the years previous the struggle, and following the graduation of hostilities he served as a employees officer within the east, organizing the recruitment of volunteers. On 14 may perhaps 1861, he was once promoted to the rank of Colonel within the common military and given command of an previous usual regiment of infantry. even though advertising quickly undefined, and he grew to become first a Brigadier basic of Volunteers after which obtained command of a department within the military of the Potomac.