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Garnett�s & Golding�s Farms

June 27-28, 1862
Henrico County, VA
Campaign: Peninsula Campaign

Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan , USA
Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder, CSA

Both sides engaged division-sized forces.

Losses were light, only about 800 men.

While battle raged north of the Chickahominy River at Gaines� Mill on June 27, Magruder feinted against the Union line south of the river at Garnett�s Farm to pin down Union reserves.  To escape an artillery crossfire, the Federal defenders from Maj. Gen. Samuel P. Heintzelman�s III Corps swung their line backwards.  The Confederates attacked again near Golding�s Farm on the morning of June 28 but were easily repulsed. These �fixing� actions heightened the fear in the Union high command that an all out attack would be launched against them south of the river.

In retrospect we know that Lee�s army was weaker than McClellan�s, but McClellan was convinced that Lee had around 200,000 men.  In the circumstances, a feint on the Union left would have set up an attack on the right.


 



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