June 1862

Fighting intensified on all fronts. Jackson continued his success in the Shenandoah Valley while Confederates desperately defended Richmond under a new commander. Federals increased military pressure on southern Tennessee, and a series of terrible battles took place outside Richmond at month’s end.

The Battle of Seven Pines: Day Two

Fighting resumes on the Virginia Peninsula, after the Federals had strengthened their defenses and the Confederates had a new army commander.

From David Weisiger, 12th Virginia

Letter from Colonel David Weisiger, 12th Virginia Volunteer Infantry, to his wife after the Battle of Seven Pines.

In Perfect Readiness to Move Forward

George B. McClellan reports that he will soon be ready to resume his advance on the Virginia Peninsula, but complications soon arise that cause him to hesitate once more.

Do Not Let the Enemy Escape You

Two Federal forces continue their pursuit of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, but Jackson is able to stay one step ahead of them for now.

The Fall of Fort Pillow

Confederates abandon an important garrison on the Mississippi River, opening a path for Federal naval forces to move downstream and attack Memphis.

The Fall of Memphis

After capturing Fort Pillow, the Federal Western Flotilla immediately targets Memphis, the Confederacy’s fifth largest city, further down the Mississippi River.

“Stonewall” Jackson Makes a Stand

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederate army continues moving south up the Shenandoah Valley and prepares to take on two Federal forces approaching from two different directions.

My Country Will Honor Them

Benjamin F. Butler, commanding Federal occupation forces in New Orleans, uses dubious legal proceedings to make an example of a citizen for dishonoring the U.S. flag.

The Battle of Cross Keys

In Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, a portion of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederate army meets a Federal advance from the northwest while Jackson faces a separate threat from the northeast.

The Battle of Port Republic

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson caps off his remarkable Shenandoah Valley campaign with another victory over the Federals sent to destroy him.

Stand Well on Your Guard

Robert E. Lee sends Confederate reinforcements to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with orders to crush the Federals opposing him.

The Western Army Separation

Henry W. Halleck returns his “Grand Army” to three separate armies, with the main objective to be a campaign to seize the key railroad town of Chattanooga.

Stuart’s Daring Ride Around McClellan

J.E.B. “Jeb” Stuart makes a name for himself by conducting a daring reconnaissance mission all the way around George B. McClellan’s Federal Army of the Potomac.

No Correct Knowledge of the Enemy’s Movements

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson proclaims a day of thanksgiving for his army and sends a message to Robert E. Lee requesting more men so he can invade the North. But Lee has other ideas.

Federals Advance on Charleston

Henry W. Benham plans to attack Confederate positions on James Island, south of Charleston, in violation of orders from his superior.

The Battle of Secessionville

Federal forces attack strong Confederate defenses on James Island, and cause a general to be removed from command.

Davis Relieves the Ailing Beauregard

P.G.T. Beauregard leaves his Confederate command due to illness, causing controversy over whether he was going absent without leave.

A Grand Display and Terrible Conflict

David G. Farragut begins assembling a Federal naval squadron to take on Vicksburg, one of the last major Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi River.

The End of Slavery in the U.S. Territories

Abraham Lincoln fulfills a party pledge by approving a law that bans the expansion of slavery into the U.S. territories.

Putting Men in Motion in Virginia

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates head east to reinforce Robert E. Lee on the Virginia Peninsula, while George B. McClellan continues fuming about his superiors in Washington.

The Army of Virginia

Abraham Lincoln creates a new Federal army designed to do what George B. McClellan could not–destroy the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and capture Richmond.

Preparing to Undergo Privation and Labor

Braxton Bragg takes command of the Confederate Army of Mississippi and prepares to lead it into action.

Battle Looms on the Peninsula

Robert E. Lee issues orders for a Confederate attack on George B. McClellan’s Federals outside Richmond, but McClellan plans an attack of his own.

The Seven Days’ Battles Begin

The first of what would be a series of battles takes place on the Virginia Peninsula as George B. McClellan’s Federals try to capture a valuable position in front of the Confederate defenses.


Last Updated: 6/25/2022

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