Yorktown's Civil War Siege: Drums Along the Warwick

Yorktown's Civil War Siege: Drums Along the Warwick

by John V Quarstein, J Michael Moore


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On 4 April 1862, Major General George McClellan marched his 121,500-strong Army of the Potomac from Fort Monroe toward Richmond. Blocking his path were Major General John B. Magruder's Warwick-Yorktown Line fortifications and the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. Despite outnumbering Magruder almost four to one, McClellan was tricked by Magruder's bluff of strength and halted his advance. Yorktown, the scene of Washington's 1781 victory over Cornwallis, was once again besieged. It was the Civil War's first siege and lasted for twenty-nine terrible days. Just as McClellan was ready to bombard Yorktown, the Confederates slipped away because of his delays, McClellan lost the opportunity to quickly capture Richmond and end the war. Historians John V. Quarstein and J. Michael Moore chronicle the Siege of Yorktown and explore its role in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and the final battles surrounding Richmond.

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ISBN-13: 9781540207142
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/24/2012
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John Quarstein is the Director of Newport News Museums and a consultant for numerous other museums. During his career, he has started or revitalized 15 museums. He is the Historian for the Monitor Project at The Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia. Quarstein has published numerous books, including "A History of Ironclads", "Monitor Boys", "The CSS Virginia" and "Big Bethel". J. Michael Moore is the curator and registrar for Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation in Newport News, Virginia. He received a bachelor of arts in history from Christopher Newport University and a master of arts in history from Old Dominion University. Since his employment with the City of Newport News, Moore has curated exhibits at historic sites and led battlefield tours throughout Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Moore serves on the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committees for the City of Newport News, York County, and Williamsburg/James City County. Moore is co-author with Kevin Dougherty of The Peninsula Campaign of 1862: A Military Analysis. Michael has also served as editor and photographic editor for eleven books and written articles for Virginia Cavalcade, North & South, and Military Collector & Historian. A native of Newport News, Moore lives in Yorktown, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 13

1 Union Outpost 19

2 Sacrifice 33

3 Prince John's Peninsula 43

4 A Plan Emerges 60

5 Ironclads 66

6 The Campaign Commences 75

7 A "Dam Failure" 97

8 Siege 113

9 Consequences 136

Appendix I Order of Battle 157

Appendix II Artillery in the Peninsula Campaign 161

Notes 165

Bibliography 173

Index 181

About the Authors 191

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