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SAVAGE'S STATION
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SAVAGE STATION

                   In the Field Beyond this Marker was
Fought June 29, 1862, the Battle of Savage Station
In which Confederate Forces under Command of
Major-General John B. Magruder Attacked
Indecisively the Rearguard of the Federal
Army Moving toward James River. This was the
Third Battle of the Seven Days Campaign.


   


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McCLELLAN'S
WITHDRAWAL


IN THIS VICINITY A PART OF McCLELLAN'S
ARMY REMAINED FOR SEVERAL WEEKS
AFTER THE BATTLE OF SEVEN PINES.
THE PART OF HIS ARMY NORTH OF THE
CHICKAHOMINY WAS ATTACKED BY
LEE, JUNE 26-27, 1862. McCLELLAN
THEN BEGAN TO WITHDRAW TO THE
JAMES, JUNE 28-29, 1862.


   


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ROUTE TO WHITE OAK SWAMP
AND MALVERN HILL


After crossing the Chickahominy River to the north
at Grapevine Bridge, portions of Maj. Gen. George B.
McClellan's retreating Union Army destroyed the
bridge and moved southeast along this road on 28
June 1862. After rebuilding the bridge the next
day, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's
command (which included his own division and
those of Generals Richard S. Ewell, William H. C.
Whiting, and Daniel H. Hill) began crossing early
in the morning of 30 June. Under orders to clear
the enemy from the woods south of the Chick-
ahominy and to follow McClellan's retreating army,
Jackson's men captured numerous prisoners as
they advanced along this road.


   


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SEVEN DAYS BATTLES
SAVAGE'S STATION


HERE MAGRUGER'S LINE OF BATTLE, FACING
EAST, FORMED IN THE LATE AFTERNOON
OF JUNE 29, 1862. BARKSDALE'S, SEMMEs'sS,
AND KERSHAW'S BRIGADES, EXTENDING
FROM SOUTH OF THIS ROAD TO THE RAIL-
ROAD, MADE A DESPERATE EFFORT TO
PREVENT THE UNION WITHDRAWAL. AFTER
A FIERCE STRUGGLE THE CONFEDERATES
FELL BACK. IN THIS BATTLE THEY MADE THE
FIRST KNOWN USE OF RAILWAY ARTILLERY.


   
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SEVEN DAYS BATTLES
SAVAGE'S STATION


HERE, FACING WEST, STRETCHED THE UNION
LINE IN THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 29, 1862.
BROOK'S BRIGADE WAS SOUTH OF THE ROAD
WITH GORMAN'S AND BURN'S BRIGADES
TO THE NORTH. IN A FURIOUS CONFLICT
BURN'S LINE WAS BROKEN BUT WAS RE-
STORED BY SUMNER IN PERSON. DARKNESS
ENDED THE CONFLICT. THE UNIONISTS
WITHDREW SOUTHWARD.


   


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