• 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?


Prior to the 1864 battle, some participants called the 1862 engagement at Gaines' Mill the battle of Cold Harbor. When the armies fought here a second time, Cold Harbor was used to name the later engagement.