During the Civil War's Seven Days' Battles from 25 June to 1 July 1862, many engagements occurred along and near the Chickahominy River. Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan led the Army of the Potomac. His goal was to capture the Confederate capital city of Richmond, defended by Gen. Robert E. Lee. Battles fought near the river include Beaver Dam Creek (Mechanicsville) on 26 June, Gaines's Mill on 27 June, and Savage's Station on 29 June. These and other battles encouraged McClellan to retreat to Harrison's Landing and ended the immediate threat to the capital city.
Geographic Location: Hanover County
Physical Description of Location: Richmond, VA 23222. Located on Mechanicsville Turnpike (Hwy 360), 1.75 miles southwest of the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike (Hwy 360) and I-295. Marker is on the left when traveling southwest on Mechanicsville Turnpike (Hwy 360).
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