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The fall of Norfolk and the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

Continuing our on-going recap of the Civil War, the Union Army sets its sight on Norfolk. Taking that city would position General George B. McClellan and the Union army within striking distance of Richmond.

The Peninsula Campaign: On to Yorktown!

The Confederate general responsible for defending the Peninsula was a man named John B. Magruder, known to friends as “Prince John.” Known for his concerts and theatrical performances, in April 1862 Magruder would play to McClellan’s paranoia and put on the biggest theatrical performance of his military career.