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Battle of Lee’s Mill -Dam Number 1

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Battle of Lee’s Mill -Dam Number 1

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Alan S wrote a review Sep 2018
Raleigh, United States347 contributions128 helpful votes
Newport News park has nice hiking trails under the shade of trees to escape from the hot sun. There are numerous historical markers commemorating the Civil War battle at this site. The earthen works dug by the Confederate soldiers remains visible today.. Go for a hike and enjoy the scenery and history lesson. Lots of turtles in the reservoir and numerous deer near the trails. Keep your pets leashed.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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jehenson81 wrote a review May 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia21,781 contributions1,092 helpful votes
I stumbled up the information about this battle when I was visiting Newport News Park and hiking the White Oak Trail. There are two or three information stations and on the side of the lake over the bridge from the parking area, you can see the fortifications that remain. You do need to have a little imagination as it is not set up as a Civil War Site, but rather as a Civil War site that happens to be inside a Park.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Bamboo708 wrote a review Sep 2017
Yellville, Arkansas192 contributions17 helpful votes
Great part of history. Easy to get in/out & walk around. Peaceful & beautiful scenery. Would recommend this- enjoy picnic and just meander around enjoying weather/day.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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TonyTTA wrote a review Dec 2016
NYC279 contributions103 helpful votes
A short walk with about four markers gives a quick history of the battle that took place here. Worth the stop if you are in the area. Staff at the visitors center was very helpful.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Ben_Theretoo406 wrote a review Sep 2016
Chevy Chase, Maryland3,357 contributions445 helpful votes
The fortifications supporting Dam No. One are among the best preserved of any from the Civil War (officially termed by the U.S. Army the War of the Rebellion). While there was little about the Peninsula Campaign which affected the course or outcome of the long and bloody conflict, one can see, in its unfolding, the ultimate failure of the Southern cause. The Confederate troops were commanded by Major General John B Magruder, “Prince John” to his intimates. The Union Army was led by Major General George McClelland. The difference between the two officers was so pronounced that by the simple tactic, probably two millennia old, of marching his men about constantly, around hills and between buildings, he created the impression that his badly outnumbered force actually held the upper hand numerically. McClelland's efforts were so dilatory and ineffective that Lincoln is said to have messaged him”If you are not going to use the army I gave you, may I borrow it for a time?”. As time wore on, the McClellands learned their craft, whereas the Magruders wore out or were killed, and were irreplaceable. There is a great deal to be learned from the Peninsula Campaign about how the war was waged and the way the armies were organized and deployed. The Newport News sites have volumes to say about it.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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