05b. SAVAGE STATION - June 29, 1862 - HPS/JTS Campaign Peninsula
05b. SAVAGE STATION - June 29, 1862By Andrew Wagenhoffer
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BATTLE OF SAVAGE STATION (and skirmish at Allen's Farm) - (JUNE 29, 1862) --- HISTORICAL DAY 5 --- By the morning of the 29th, McClellan's retreating army stretched from the south bank of the Chickahominy all the way to White Oak Swamp and the Glendale crossroads. Determined to cut the Federals off from the James River, Lee ordered several columns down parallel roads south of the Chickahominy River in an attempt to head off McClellan's retreat. Because these moves would take a great deal of time to develop, the Federal rear guard needed to be fixed in place. This job fell to the command of General John B. Magruder. Heavily outnumbered, Magruder's hesitant attacks did not materially inhibit the retreat of McClellan's army. Believing the enemy rear guard to be much smaller than it really was, General Lee perhaps unfairly criticized Magruder for not attacking more aggressively. (Note: Though historically Magruder only detained them briefly and did not use them on the 29th, two brigades of General Huger's division are available for the attack. Also, this scenario utilizes a smaller map that includes only the action in the immediate vicinity of Allen's Farm and Savage Station).