On 26 June 1862, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan abandoned his plan to besiege Richmond and began his retreat to the James River. Gen. Robert E. Lee pursued, determined to destroy the Army of the Potomac. Just north of here at Allen's Farm, at 9:00 A.M. on 29 June, Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder's division attacked Brig. Gen. Edwin V. Sumner's corps, which formed the Union rear. The fighting continued for two hours until Sumner retired east to the Federal supply depot at Savage's Station on the Richmond & York River R.R. Another Confederate attack that afternoon ended in a stalemate, and the Union withdrawal continued.
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Varina, VA 23150. Located on East Williamsburg Road (Hwy 60), 0.857142857142857 miles northwest of the intersection of East Williamsburg Road (Hwy 60) and I-295. Marker is on the right when traveling northwest on East Williamsburg Road (Hwy 60).
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