• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area

    Richmond

    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.

 

1862

2012

 

Download a visitor guide for these events here.

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

Did You Know?

USS Galena gun boat during the Civil War

The first Marine Corps Medal of Honor was awarded to Corporal John Mackie for his conduct aboard the USS Galena at the battle of Drewry’s Bluff, May 15, 1862.