Contrasts in Command: The Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31 - June 1, 1862
- American History, Civil War
A clear warning this war would be long and bloody
Surprisingly little has been written about this bloody two-day affair. Fought on the doorstep of the Confederate capital, it was the first major battle in the Eastern Theater since Bull Run/Manassas, leaving more than 11,000 casualties in its wake. Here is a well-illustrated and mapped readable tactical and leadership account based on a host of primary and archival sources, many of which have never been published.
Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan marched his Army of the Potomac up the Virginia Peninsula. Opposing McClellan at the head of the Virginia army was Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, whose injury on May 31 led to the appointment of Gen. Robert E. Lee to take his place—a decision that changed the course of the entire Civil War.
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|Release Date:||November 27, 2023|