Peninsula Campaign facts for kids
|Part of the American Civil War|
George B. McClellan and Joseph E. Johnston, respective commanders of the Union and Confederate armies in the Peninsula Campaign
|United States||Confederate States|
|Commanders and leaders|
|George B. McClellan||Joseph E. Johnston
Gustavus Woodson Smith
Robert E. Lee
John B. Magruder
|Army of the Potomac||Army of Northern Virginia|
|*102,236 (May 20);
||*94,813 (May 31)
|Casualties and losses|
The Peninsula Campaign was a series of battles during the American Civil War. The campaign happened from March to July 1862. The Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by George B. McClellan, tried to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia by moving westward on the Virginia Peninsula. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Joseph E. Johnston, tried to stop McClellan. After Johnston was wounded on May 31st at the Battle of Seven Pines, Robert E. Lee took command of the army. Lee then attacked McClellan during the Seven Days Battles. After the battles, McClellan's army was transferred back to Washington, D.C.
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