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Battlefield Virginia

From the heavy guns of a seacoast fort through battle-scarred Yorktown and the swampy outskirts of Richmond, the Virginia Peninsula tells the story of a massive war campaign and the evolution of warfare. Along this finger of land cut by the York and James rivers and Chesapeake Bay, the Army of the Potomac launched a grand but ill-fated effort to end the Civil War in the spring of 1862. The modern traveler can trace the Peninsula Campaign through museums, roadside plaques and battlefield sites that have been blurred but not erased by development. The Yankees' defeat at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861 had doused hopes for a quick end to the rebellion, but Union leaders still sought a...

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