#18 Death to the Enemy Williamsburg, Virginia May 5, 1862

Williamsburg, Va. May 5, 1862


Continuing its forward movement toward Richmond, the Union Army engaged in a vicious battle on the outskirts of Williamsburg today. Under the leadership of George McClellan the Federal forces exchanged blows with the Confederate troops. The Southern division was weak and there weren't enough men to hold off the enemy. After a gallant stand for several hours, the Confederate fighters were forced to retreat. Heavy rains during the past several days have slowed up the movement of both Armies. The fields and roads are heavy with mud, causing delays and discontentment. The long march to Richmond continues, with men not only having to battle themselves but the elements as well.