The Civil War on the Virginia Peninsula
is the first comprehensive pictorial history interpreting the events that occurred on the Virginia Peninsula during the war that forever changed our nation. This volume offers over 200 fascinating images from museums, archives, and private collections throughout America; together they tell powerful stories of valor, leadership, technology, and strategy. Photographers and famous artists alike vividly portrayed soldiers, leaders, and innovations in a compelling manner that brings alive the glory and sadness of the American Civil War. This enthralling visual history chronicles the war’s first year, during which the Virginia Peninsula was the focus of Union efforts to capture the Confederate
capital 70 miles away at Richmond. Beginning with Union General Benjamin F. Butler’s arrival at Fort Monroe in May 1861, until the time of Major General George B. McClellan
’s pivotal march on Richmond in the spring of 1862, the Virginia Peninsula was the scene of some of the Civil War’s most critical events, including the “contraband of war” issue; the Battle of Big Bethel, the war’s first land battle; the Monitor-Merrimac
engagement, the first battle between ironclad ships; and the Peninsula Campaign
The Confederate States of America was formed by the states that seceded from the Union in 1861 and was dissolved in 1865. George B. McClellan was a commander of the Union forces in the early part of the Civil War, much criticized for his extreme caution. The Confederates armored the former US Navy vessel Merrimac, renamed it CSS VIrginia, and engaged the USS Monitor in the first naval battle between ironclads at Hampton Roads in 1862. The Peninsula (or Peninsular) Campaign was the main offensive by Union troops in Virginia in 1862.