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This is the website for the Rootsweb Mailing List, "USCW Battle of Seven Pines."  This site is intended to honor the men who participated in the Battle of Seven Pines
/Fair Oaks, both Union and Confederate.  I hope that your visit will be an enjoyable one and that you will find something of interest to you here.   Nancy Brister, List Administrator and Webhost
The Battle of Seven Pines
Seven Pines Battlefield
It is a noble faculty of ours which enables us to collect our thoughts, our sympathies and our happiness with what is distant in place or times.....to hold communion with our ancestors.  We become their contemporaries, live the lives they lived, endure what they have endured and partake of the rewards which they have enjoyed.  -- Daniel Webster
The Battle of Seven Pines, also known as Fair Oaks, took place May 31 - June 1, 1862, in Henrico County, Virginia.  In all, 84,000 men were engaged.  On May 31st, CSA Commander Gen. Joseph E. Johnston attempted to overwhelm two Federal corps that appeared isolated south of the Chickahominy River.  The Confederate assaults succeeded in driving back the IV Corps and inflicting heavy casualties.  Union reinforcements arrived and both sides fed more and more troops into the battle.  Supported by the III Corps and Sedgwick's division of Sumner's II Corps, who crossed the rain-swollen river on Grapevine Bridge, the Federal forces were stabilized.  On June 1, the Confederates renewed their assaults against the Federals.  Last-minute reinforcements saved the Union from a serious defeat, however, both sides claimed victory.  One of the bloodiest battles of the war, in two days, there were 13, 736 casualties spread over the battlefield of Seven Pines; 5,739 Union and 7,997 Confederate.  Perhaps the most significant result of the battle, Commander Joseph Johnston, at which time, commanded of the Army of Northern Virginia, was seriously wounded.  A day later, the job fell to Gen. Robert E. Lee.


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Participants in the Battle

Regiments in the Battle

Index to Seven Pines Maps

Illustrations from Harpers Weekly

Elson's History of the Civil War: Seven Pines

Civil War through the Camera: Seven Pines

Seven Pines:  Photos & Illustrations

Seven Pines:  Photos & Illustrations, Page Two

Seven Pines:  Photos & Illustrations, Page Three

A Collection of New York Times Articles on the Battle,
including Several Listings of Names of Wounded and Killed

Chimborazo Hospital, History and Photos

Gordonsville Receiving Hospital Civil War Death Records

Letters, Diaries & Newspaper Accounts about the Battle

Report of the battle by Col. W. Raymond Lee, 20th Mass Infantry,
from "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records"

Excerpt:  Chapter on Seven Pines from Gen. Gustavus W. Smith's
"Confederate War Papers:  Fairfax Court House, New Orleans,
Seven Pines, Richmond & NC," pub. 1884

Medal of Honor Recipients who fought at Seven Pines

One of the Bloodiest Battles"

Photos & Info about some New York Regiments in the Battle

Bird's Eye View of Seven Pines Cemetery & Surrounding Area Today

Panoramas of the Battlefield, 1912
Lithograph by Currier and Ives, "Battle of Fair Oaks"
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