• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area


    National Battlefield Park Virginia

Sesquicentennial Timeline

1862 / 2012

From the May 1862 Battle of Drewry's Bluff--the U.S. Navy's first and last attempt to take the Confederate capital by water--to the massive Seven Days Battles in late June… Here visitors of all ages can walk in the footsteps of history, experience Richmond's story from many different viewpoints, and discover for themselves why the battles around Richmond in the spring of 1862 changed the course of American history forever.





Download a visitor guide for these events here.

Return to Richmond National Battlefield Park's 1862 Sesquicentennial page.

Did You Know?

Jefferson Davis, Confederate President

During the 1862 battles before Richmond Confederate President Jefferson Davis personally visited several of the battlefields; at times coming under enemy fire. He saw action at Seven Pines, Beaver Dam Creek, Glendale and Malvern Hill.