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McClellan's First Line W-5 | Marker History

McClellan’s First Line Marker, W-5

Union Brig. Gen. Silas Casey held both sides of the road here on 31 May 1862, in Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's first defensive line at Seven Pines. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston ordered a dawn attack, but his lieutenants acted slowly. Maj. Gen. D. H. Hill waited with his division about a mile west of here for the sound of gunfire to the south that was his signal to move. Exasperated by the delay, he assaulted on his own at 1 P.M. and smashed through Casey's position to McClellan's second line, but a lack of support combined with the arrival of fresh Union troops halted the attack. That evening, Johnston fell wounded and Gen. Robert E. Lee replaced him the next day.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 2002
Region: Richmond Region
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Sandston, VA 23150. Located on West Williamsburg Road (Hwy 60), 0.75 miles west of the junction of West Williamsburg Road (Hwy 60) and East Nine Mile Road. Marker is on the right when traveling west on West Williamsburg Road (Hwy 60).
GPS Location: 37.5234085430,-77.3150204430
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