A Bloody Day at Gaines' Mill: The Battlefield Debut of the Army of Northern Virginia, June 27, 1862

A Bloody Day at Gaines' Mill: The Battlefield Debut of the Army of Northern Virginia, June 27, 1862

by Elmer R. Woodard


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With a compilation of information that has never before been available in one source, this exhaustive reference work provides complete published election returns for all popular Congressional elections, including special elections, in the United States—over 36,000 since 1788. For all candidates, party affiliation, number of votes received, and percentage of popular vote are given. A brief history of congressional elections is provided, outlining the variations between states in the early years and detailing the changes caused by the Civil War and the Reconstruction era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476673578
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2019
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 558,124
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elmer R. Woodard, III is a criminal defense attorney in private practice whose ancestors served with the Currituck Light Cavalry, the 4th North Carolina Cavalry and on the C.S.S. Albemarle. He lives in Blairs, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Prologue: When the Yankees Came 5

 1. Operation Chickahominy 11

 2. The Tocsin Sounds 20

 3. The General and the Private View a Battle 28

 4. They Were All Cut to Pieces 38

 5. The Retreat to Gaines’ Mill 47

 6. Geography 59

 7. Porter’s Dispositions 68

 8. If We Whip Them Before Richmond, We Shall Have Peace 78

 9. I Confess I Did Not Know What Hard Times Were Until I Was Under Jackson 86

10. A Soldier Feels No Fear While Fighting 93

11. Then We Got Down to Our Knitting 99

12. Column After Column Melts Away Like Smoke 104

13. A Dense Woods and an Ugly Marsh 109

14. Fixed Bayonets in the Hands of Resolute Men 118

15. There Is Hot Work on That Hill Yonder 127

16. The Bullets Whistled Through the Leaves Like Fun 134

17. We Had Been Pretty Well Pounded Out That Afternoon 141

18. To the Wall of Death 151

19. At the Wall of Death 163

20. Beyond the Wall of Death 169

21. Respite from the Wall of Death 178

22. Return of the Wall of Death 180

23. Conquest of the Wall of Death 191

24. It Was Death to Stay and Cold Steel Was the Next Thing 198

25. I Have Got My Fill of Fighting 215

Afterword 229

Appendix I: Confederate Order of Battle 231

Appendix II: Union Order of Battle 237

Chapter Notes 241

Bibliography 267

Index 277

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