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Beaver Dam Creek   

Other Names: Mechanicsville, Ellersonís Mill

Location: Hanover County

Campaign: Peninsula Campaign (March-September 1862)

Date(s): June 26, 1862

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Fitz John Porter [US]; Gen. Robert E. Lee [CS]

Forces Engaged: 31,987 total (US 15,631; CS 16,356)

Estimated Casualties: 1,700 total (US 400; CS 1,300)

Description: Second of the Seven Daysí Battles. Gen. Robert E. Lee initiated his offensive against McClellanís right flank north of the Chickahominy River. A.P. Hill threw his division, reinforced by one of D.H. Hillís brigades, into a series of futile assaults against Brig. Gen. Fitz John Porterís V Corps, which was drawn up behind Beaver Dam Creek. Confederate attacks were driven back with heavy casualties. Jacksonís Shenandoah Valley divisions, however, were approaching from the northwest, forcing Porter to withdraw the next morning to a position behind Boatswain Creek just beyond Gainesí Mill.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: VA016

Preservation Priority: IV.2 (Class B)

National Park Unit: Richmond NB

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