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Featured battle : Savage's Station

Part of American Civil War

Date : 29 June 1862

Following his defeat at Gaines Mill, McClellan decided the withdraw further, and shift his base to the James river. This required crossing White Oak Swamp where Lee, guessing his intention intended to trap and destroy the Yankees. While his other divisions marched south east to head the Union army off, Magruder and Jackson were to assult their rear. Jackson again failed to show up and when Magruders division encountered the Union rearguard at around 5pm on the 29th, a fierce artillery duel ensued accompanied by several Confederate attacks, all of which were repulsed by a well organised and led defence. A thunderstorm at about 9pm halted the battle but the Union defence had bought plenty of time for the slow wagon train to get out of the area.

Featured image :

Marston Moor

Marston Moor

The view looking south and south-west from the left of the Royalist position at the ridge where the Parliamentarians formed. The battlefield monument can just be seen in the haze, and Cromwell's plump on the ridgeline.

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Salamanca 1812. Wellington's Year of Victories.

Peter Edwards
A high level of research is presented in a most readable way. The book has a pervading quality in its insights which can only come from an experienced 'military mind'. Throughout the author uses appropriate and varied selection of original text providing both colour and veracity. The maps are few and lacking in detail, in Further Reading the author recommends Ian Robertson's Atlas of the Peninsular War which I would have found most useful in this case. That said however this book is difficult to put down once started and thoroughly recommended.
The Praetorian Press, Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2013

Reviewed : 2013-05-30 08:26:31