Thursday, October 27, 2011

CIvil War Trust--Gaines' Mill

Read about the Civil War Trust's newest campaign to save ground at Gaines Mill. Gaines' Mill was part of the "Seven Days' Battles". The Confederate victory here helped push George McClellan and his troops across the Chickahominy River forcing them to abandon their Richmond campaign. The excerpt below is a good introduction to the goal of preserving nearly 300 acres. Click the link above for much more information including battle info, maps, photos, and a chance to donate to this most worthy cause!

"We Met Such a Perfect Storm of Lead"

That was the vivid description offered by an Alabamian who took part in the assault on the Federal left at the Battle of Gaines' Mill. Hit in the flank by heavy artillery fire coming from across the Chickahominy, then facing swampy Boatswain's Creek, and two tiers of well prepared Union defenders, Longstreet's Confederate brigades left thousands of dead and wounded on the battlefield.

Now we have the opportunity to save 285 acres of the Gaines' Mill battlefield - the very ground that Longstreet's men charged through on June 27, 1862.

Saving this ground will be one of the Civil War Trust's biggest accomplishments to date and this tract will expand the preserved section of the battlefield by more than 400%!

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