Battle of Savage's Station

Battle of Savage's Station (HM1V2)

Location: Sandston, VA 23150 Henrico County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 31.695', W 77° 16.148'

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A Fighting Withdrawal

— 1862 Peninsula Campaign —

On the night of June 27, 1862, following the Battle of Gaines' Mill, Gen. George McClellan ordered a withdrawal of his Union army to the James River. In the wake of the retreating army, Savage's Station, located one half mile in front of you along the Richmond and York River Railroad, was ordered abandoned. Having served as the army's advance supply base during the previous month, the immense stockpiles of equipment, ordnance, and commissary stores located there were to be destroyed.

Hoping to catch McClellan on the move, Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered an attack at Savage's Station on June 29, Confederate troops under Gen. John Magruder encountered the Federal rear guard near the station in the late afternoon. In a twilight battle, Union forces under Gen. Edwin V. "Bull" Sumner held back the Southern assaults while McClellan proceeded southward. When darkness put an end to the battle, 444 Confederates and 919 Northerners were counted as casualties. That night, Sumner withdrew from the station and followed McClellan south across White Oak Swamp.

"?the burning piles of stores and the explosion of a trainload of ammunitionhowed us we were in full retreat."
- Dr. Daniel Hand, 1st Minnesota Infantry, Sully's Brigade, USA
HM NumberHM1V2
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 1:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 299493 N 4155894
Decimal Degrees37.52825000, -77.26913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.695', W 77° 16.148'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 41.70" N, 77° 16' 8.88" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2701 Meadow Rd, Sandston VA 23150, US
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