The Battle of Williamsburg

The Battle of Williamsburg (HM2EM6)

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N 37° 15.856', W 76° 40.735'

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The Battle of Williamsburg, fought on 5 May 1862, was the first major engagement of the Peninsula Campaign. Union Maj. Gen. Georg B. McClellan, slowly advancing from Hampton Roads toward Richmond, encountered the rear guard of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's westward-moving army near here. Confederates under Maj. Gen. James Longstreet delayed the Union advance in a fierce, daylong battle in a driving rain. Nearly 41,000 Federals and 32,000 Confederates were engaged, with about 4,000 casualties. The result was a draw, although both sides claimed victory. The next day, the Confederates continued marching toward Richmond and Union troops occupied Williamsburg.
HM NumberHM2EM6
Year Placed2015
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 351129 N 4125509
Decimal Degrees37.26426667, -76.67891667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 15.856', W 76° 40.735'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 15' 51.36" N, 76° 40' 44.1" W
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