Janesville [Wi.]: July 4, 1862. Broadside, 8 1/2 x 6 inches. Light wear and foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM45999
An unrecorded Civil War broadside publicizing a dispatch from Union general George B. McClellan following The Seven Days' Battles, which occurred between June 26 and July 2, 1862. In the course of that week Union and Confederate forces fought a series of battles in five different locales. At the end of these engagements the Confederates withdrew to Richmond. This EXTRA provides information about losses and casualties, and states: "Gen. McClellan and his big staff all agree that the position of our army is far more advantageous as a base of operations against Richmond than that hitherto occupied." Although most of the battles in the Seven Days can be considered Union victories, the overall outcome of the campaign was still not particularly successful for the Union, due to McClellan's weaknesses as a commander in the field. Afterwards, the Union's Peninsular Campaign was abandoned and the majority of McClellan's men were transferred to John Pope's army in Northern Virginia.