Fair Oaks 1862

McClellan’s Peninsula campaign

Fair Oaks 1862 cover


This Osprey title details General George B. McClellan's controversial Peninsula campaign and the southern attempt to halt the Union juggernaut during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Following its humiliating defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run, McClellan took command of the Union Army of the Potomac. In the spring of 1862, having rebuilt his forces, the "Little Napoleon" devised a plan to end the war in a single campaign. Transporting his army by sea to the Virginia Peninsula, he would outflank Confederate forces and march unopposed on Richmond, the Southern capital. Excessive caution squandered the opportunity, however, and on 31 May the Confederates struck at McClellan's divided forces at Fair Oaks.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Origins of the Campaign/Chronology/Opposing Plans/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/The Campaign/The Battle of Fair Oaks/Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Further Reading/Index

Product details

Published Dec 17 2003
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841766805
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 86 b/w; 19 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 124
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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