The Peninsula Campaign And The Battle Of Williamsburg
The Civil War Battle Of Williamsburg..was a key part of the Peninsula Campaign. The civil war’s early days set the tone for the bloody struggle that would cause so much trauma to not one nation, but two. The Peninsula Campaign was the campaign that encompassed the Battle Of Williamsburg. The Union plan to flank Richmond from the East would be marked with logistical struggles and human tragedy.
In many ways the Peninsula Campaign was a continuation of Union woes. A hesitant Union commander named George McClellan was not aggressive enough to really challenge the tactical expertise of the Confederates and as such never really commandeered the battlefields of the lush woodlands of Eastern Virginia.
Like so many Union offensives, it represented a slow beleaguered advance toward an objective. A key point in that objective was the Battle of Williamsburg.
Union Strategic Goal Of The Peninsula Campaign: Get To Richmond
On paper the Union Army strategic goal seems very simple. Attack the east flank Of The Confederacy in the vicinity of the Confederate Capital. Use larger manpower to overpower the Confederacy and force them to defend a critical strategic position. From there use siege tactics to grind the Confederate capital and army into submission. Of course the devil is in the details.
It would take the prodding of the President Of The United States to get General McClellan Of the Union to even go on the offensive. McClellan’s natural tendency was to dig in and not aggressively pursue his enemy. Regardless the Peninsula Campaign would quickly fade into the backdrop as the Confederates pursued future strategic moves of their own.
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More On The Battle Of Williamsburg And The Peninsula Campaign
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- The Battle Of Williamsburg
- The Occupation Of Williamsburg
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