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 Colonial Williamsburg Journal
It was the end of the Battle of Williamsburg, a clash along an arc of earthen ramparts anchored by Fort Magruder just to the east of town.
In the aftermath of battle, wounded soldiers from both armies were carried for treatment to private homes and the public greens.
Williamsburg was under Federal control and half the city was in exempted York County.
www.history.org /Foundation/journal/Summer00/yankee.cfm   (3048 words)

 Battle of Williamsburg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Battle of Williamsburg, by Kurz and Allison, 1893.
The Battle of Williamsburg, also known as the Battle of Fort Magruder, took place on May 5, 1862, in York County, James City County and Williamsburg, Virginia as part of the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War.
In the first pitched battle of the Peninsula Campaign, nearly 41,000 Federals and 32,000 Confederates were engaged.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Williamsburg   (238 words)

 Williamsburg Battle Reports
During the battle and the remainder of the Penisula Campaign, the 26th was formed as part of Grover's 1st Brigade, Hooker's 2nd Division, of Heintzelman's 3rd Corps.
The battle of Williamsburg is often thought of as a skirmish, when compared to the bigger battles of the Civil War.
The battle of Williamsburg was initiated as McClellan began to push his troops forward in pursuit of Confederate forces leaving the defenses of Yorktown on May 4th.
home.att.net /~the26thpvi/Williamsburg.htm   (10981 words)

 A Pitiless Rain by Hastings and Hastings
A Pitiless Rain: The Battle of Williamsburg, 1862
McClellan called the Battle of Williamsburg an "accident." By that he meant, neither he nor his opponent, General Joe Johnston, expected a battle to develop as a result of the pursuit of the Rebel army out of Yorktown.
The battle was nominally fought by the senior officers on the field, Longstreet and Sumner, though in actuality it was fought by lower-level leaders until late afternoon, when McClellan arrived and took charge on the Union side (Johnston never arrived).
www.georgebmcclellan.org /rain.html   (804 words)

 Williamsburg City Manager's Office
Williamsburg can trace the evolution of its government to a time when it stood unique in Virginia-the lone city in a commonwealth divided into counties.
In deciding to move the government of Virginia from Jamestown to Wil­liams­burg, the act envisioned "a new and well-ordered city according to a careful and prepared design." Governor Francis Nicholson and his executive council ensured that the new city would remain under their control by naming in the act a governing board of directors.
It is Williamsburg's greatest historic irony that the 150 years in the doldrums allowed many colonial structures to survive into the twentieth century and made the city's rebirth and restoration possible.
www.ci.williamsburg.va.us /dept/manager/govthist.htm   (3575 words)

 WPA_Guide: Colonial Williamsburg: The Corporate Town-Before
Still, Williamsburg was a sleepy village, by most accounts, until the outbreak of the Civil War.
On that day in 1908, the forty-sixth anniversary of the battle, a monument was dedicated to the Confederate soldiers and sailors from Williamsburg and James City County.
In fact, one of the most well-publicized events in Williamsburg in the early twentieth century was the day that the town forgot to wake up.
xroads.virginia.edu /~UG99/coe/wpa_guide/before.html   (774 words)

 7th Maryland Volunteer Infantry
The opening battle was a wooded affair with the blue and grey maneuvering through the thick forest on Saturday morning, each side attempting to gain the advantage of position.
In the end, the numbers of grey were too overwhelming for the yanks to handle and they were compelled to retire from the field for the night.
Sunday's battle was a total Union victory with line after line of grey charging an entrenched yankee position.
www.angelfire.com /md2/7thMdCoA/end.html   (592 words)

 Colonial Williamsburg, VA
Colonial Willamsburg, VA Colonial Williamsburg, established in 1654, is a historic town in southeastern Virginia, located on a tidewater peninsula between the estuaries of the James and York Rivers.
During the Civil War, Williamsburg was held by Union forces from 1862, when they defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Williamsburg.
Colonial Williamsburg is located in the beautiful, pastoral countryside of VA, 27 miles (43 km) northwest of the major city of Newport News.
www.coastalplaces.com /coastal/colonial-williamsburg-va.html   (425 words)

 Civil War Battle Reenactments Events & Reenacting Info
The Fifth Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend coincides this year with the opening of the new 63,500-square-foot USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum.
Authentic recreation of battle, with enforcement of period dress and accoutrements.
Commemorate the Battle of Arkansas Post during the park’s annual Civil War Encampment, Union and Confederate soldiers will camp at the park and display the arms and equipment used during the Civil War.
www.sutler.net /eventlist.asp   (1000 words)

 WPA _Guide_to_The_Old_Dominion:_ "Williamsburg"
WILLIAMSBURG (78 to 84 alt., 3,778 pop.), capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 and now the showplace among Colonial restorations, is spread upon a ridge in the peninsula between the James and York Rivers.
Williamsburg began to decline when the capital was moved to Richmond in 1780 to escape the invading British.
Though these closing events of the war temporarily animated Williamsburg, the population dwindled from more than 2,000 in 1779 to about 1,200 in 1795, and in 1804 the former capital was described as very 'decayed.' Between 1770 and 1790 the Reverend Mr.
xroads.virginia.edu /~hyper/VAGuide/williamsburg.html   (6624 words)

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Battle of 2nd Manassas, This website is a portal to links on the battle, the official reports and the order of battle.
Battle of Fredericksburg, This website is a portal to links on the battle, the official reports and the order of battle.
Battle of The Wilderness, This website is a portal to links about the battle, the official reports, and order of battle.
www.angelfire.com /wv/wasec5/pender_internetbattles.html   (437 words)

 James Longstreet's Report of the Battle of Williamsburg (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.virginia.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
This battle was a very handsome affair, and the able brigadiers and the officers and soldiers under them are entitled to all the honors due to distinguished gallantry and zeal.
The order was preserved throughout the day, as well as the spirit, and after a long day's battle, lasting until quite dark, and with a heavy rain pouring down, our regiments were brought from the field in as good order as from an ordinary day's march, some of the brigades marching back with complete organization.
Its organization was perfect throughout the battle, and it was marched off the field in as good order as it entered it.
www.swcivilwar.com.cob-web.org:8888 /LongstreetWilliamsburg.html   (2452 words)

 General Joseph Hooker's Report of the Battle of Williamsburg
His troops had passed through Williamsburg on their retreat from Yorktown and were recalled to strengthen the rebel forces before Williamsburg.
Eight hundred were left in hospitals at Williamsburg, and others were distributed among the private houses of this city, while all the available tenements in the vicinity of the field of battle are filled with them.
This statement admits of no application to any battery of mine except Smith's, and I deny that any men of his were driven from their pieces, or that the fire from his battery was suspended from the proximity or fire of the enemy's skirmishers at any time during that day.
www.swcivilwar.com /HookerWilliamsburg.html   (2432 words)

 Battle of Williamsburg
The long and loud battle sounds drew General Joseph E. Johnston back to the Confederate line.
As luck would have it, Phil Kearny had been moving his men towards the sound of battle, and as the Confederates broke though the Union lines, his forward echelons began arriving on the scene.
McClellan pronounce the Battle of Williamsburg a great victory, mostly because of Hancock driving Early back and gave Hancock an enduring nickname following the battle: "Superb." Longstreet and Hill withdrew that night.
blueandgraytrail.com /event/Battle_of_Williamsburg   (635 words)

 Carden Battles during War Between the States
After the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville the opinion became prevalent through the South that Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was more than a match for the Federal Army of the Potomac, and a clamor arose for an aggressive movement.
These reinforcements greatly encouraged those who had borne the brunt of the battle all day, and the trains were sent to the rear out of the way to prepare for the action which was to come on the morrow.
He gained the railroad and formed his line of battle with his own division (the 1st) on the left, Webb's (2nd) division on the right, and Hays' (3rd) division in the center the batteries being planted in the rear in such a position that they could fire over the heads of the infantry.
www.tcarden.com /tree/ensor/CardenBattles.html   (21778 words)

 Civil War Traveler | Virginia | Peninsula Campaign
The battle of the ironclads March 9 had cleared Hampton Roads, enabling the Federal water transports to land unmolested.
It was the scene of fierce fighting during the May 5, 1862, Battle of Williamsburg.
Battle of Williamsburg, Trails sign in front of the Park Inn, on Route 60, 7135 Pocahontas Trail in Williamsburg - This was the hottest spot during the May 5, 1862, battle that challenged the Confederate rear guard as that army withdrew from its Peninsula lines toward Richmond.
www.civilwar-va.com /virginia/va-tidewater/peninsula.html   (1434 words)

Solely profiling the Battle of Williamsburg, this volume examines the battle from the Union invastion untili the end of the actual battle.
There is some coverage of individual battles within the campaign, as well as extensive background information, the terrain of the region, and a profile of the aftermath of the the campaign.
Battle maps are very detailed and show exactly where troop movements and skirmishes took place.
www.unc.edu /~jemanuel/pathfinder/home.html   (2610 words)

 Stories - Sgt. Tapley P Mays at the Battle of Williamsburg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Battle of Williamsburg in early May, 1862 epitomized the type of fighting in the early years of the war.
After an all night march from Yorktown, Confederate forces entered the city of Williamsburg, Va. The command halted in front of the grounds of the Eastern Hospital for the Insane.
For his bravery at the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5, 1862, Tapley P. Mays of the 7th Virginia Infantry Regiment was posthumously awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor.
www.provencehome.org /7th/7thstory-tapley.htm   (446 words)

 Colonial Tours | private tour guide | personal tour guide | USA private tour guide | Colonial Tours | Private Custom ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Williamsburg takes the civil war enthusiasts and visitors through a very interesting portion of the Peninsula campaign-The Battle of Williamsburg Virginia - This was the largest battle of war up until this time.
The stories of occupied Williamsburg are phenomenal and may of the best stories involve the patriotism of the southern ladies of Williasmburg.
There are many interesting Civil War stories connected with this Williamsburg as well If it is the darker side of Williamsburg’s past you are interested in, then you will get the story of Blackbeard’s pirate crew who visited Williamsburg against their will and were convinced to “hang” around for eternity.
www.infohub.com /tour_guides/111.html   (1269 words)

 Battle Summary: Williamsburg, VA
Description: In the first pitched battle of the Peninsula Campaign, nearly 41,000 Federals and 32,000 Confederates were engaged.
Hooker assaulted Fort Magruder, an earthen fortification alongside the Williamsburg Road, but was repulsed.
James Longstreet, threatened to overwhelm the Union left flank, until Kearny’s division arrived to stabilize the Federal position.
www.cr.nps.gov /hps/abpp/battles/va010.htm   (133 words)

 H-Net Review: Barton A. Myers on Defend This Old Town: Williamsburg during the Civil War
The author provides sound analysis of the 1862 battle of Williamsburg, the military occupation of the city by Federal forces and the lives of the Confederate citizens who faced the war's challenges.
The longest segment of the Union occupation of Williamsburg is this pragmatic phase where the Southerners experienced Northern policy almost entirely on the whims of line soldiers and the Union provosts/governors.
The civilians of Williamsburg saw a harsh change in late 1864 and early 1865 with the Union Secretary of War's orders to force an oath of allegiance upon the local population.
www.h-net.org /reviews/showrev.cgi?path=17691066521833   (1330 words)

 Civil War Weekend tours battlefields of blue and gray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
WILLIAMSBURG - Pictures of Civil War battle scenes were temporarily covered with sheets or removed from a hotel's walls last week at the insistence of a group of judges and court officials from Washington, DC.
I recall a Confederate soldier's jacket, some artifacts such as a sword or bayonet, bullets and shell fragments, a map of the May 1862 Battle of Williamsburg and a modern painting of combat related to that engagement.
Williamsburg's disdainful attitude toward its Civil War sites remains a continual source of puzzlement to me. Here is America's pre-eminent reconstructed historic community; a place visited by millions, with an economy heavily vested in historic tourism.
www.civilwarweekend.com /williamsburg.html   (654 words)

 Bruton Parish Church
Among the Williamsburg notables buried beneath the marble flagstones inside the church was Governor Francis Fauquier, one of the best loved of the colonial governors, who died in 1768.
In 1781, the church served as a storehouse or hospital, perhaps both, during the Battle of Yorktown.
For a week after the May 5, 1862, Battle of Williamsburg, the church served as a Union hospital for Northern and Confederate soldiers.
www.colonialwilliamsburg.com /Almanack/places/hb/hbbruch.cfm   (1170 words)

 Williamsburg, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The newspapers of record are the Daily Press, published in Newport News, and the bi-weekly The Virginia Gazette, published in Williamsburg.
A village was laid out and Middle Plantation was renamed Williamsburg in honor of King William III of England, befitting the town's newly elevated status.
Williamsburg is located adjacent to Interstate 64 which parallels U.S. Route 60 and runs east-west in the area.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Williamsburg,_Virginia   (3860 words)

 Foot Guard History
In the Battle of Gettysburg (3 July 1863), Confederate regimental bands stationed in the trees played stirring martial music for Gen. George Pickett's men as they charged disastrously across a mile-long field to attack Meade's Union forces.
Union bands also were quick to perform their duty bravely in the midst of battle, successfully rallying troops during the Battle of Williamsburg (5 May 1862) and also at Chancellorsville (3 May 1863).
The 82nd Airborne Division Band was unexpectedly caught in the Battle of the Bulge after being sent to the Ardennes for RandR.
www.governorsfootguard.com /history/bandinbattle.html   (635 words)

 Attractions in and around Historic Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg, [6 miles] With more than 500 restored and reconstructed buildings spread across 301 acres of land, and a staff of 3500 archaeologists, researchers, historians, and historical interpreters, Colonial Williamsburg truly is a different time and place.
The Civil War at Endview, [1 mile] During the Civil War the house at Endview was used as a field hospital for Confederate and Union troops and General George B. McClellan's headquarters on May 5, 1862, the day of the Battle of Williamsburg.
Lee Hall Mansion, [0.5 mile] One of the last remaining antebellum Italianate houses on the Virginia Peninsula, this house was used by Confederate Generals "Prince John" Magruder and Joseph E. Johnston as their headquarters during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.
www.historicwilliamsburgarea.com   (1281 words)

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