Author John Quarstein served as director of the Virginia War Museum for more than thirty years. J. Michael Moore is the curator for the Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation both of which are located in Newport News, VA. On a personal note my wife and I were able to visit both Lee Hall and Endview several years ago and were the only visitors at both locations on a cold March day. We were lucky enough to be given a personal tour of Endview Plantation by Mr. Moore. It was an enjoyable tour and you could tell the passion he has for his work.
General George McClellan marched his 121,500-strong Army of the Potomac from Fort Monroe toward Richmond. Blocking his path were Major General John B. Magruder's Warwick-Yorktown Line fortifications and the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. Despite outnumbering Magruder almost four to one, McClellan was tricked by Magruder's bluff of strength and halted his advance. Yorktown, the scene of Washington's 1781 victory over Cornwallis, was once again besieged. It was the Civil War's first siege and lasted for twenty-nine terrible days. Just as McClellan was ready to bombard Yorktown, the Confederates slipped away--because of his delays, McClellan lost the opportunity to quickly capture Richmond and end the war. Historians John V. Quarstein and J. Michael Moore chronicle the Siege of Yorktown and explore its role in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and the final battles surrounding Richmond.