#23 Crushed by the Wheels Mechanicsville, Virginia June 26, 1862


Mechanicsville, Va. June 26, 1862

McCLELLAN ORDERS A UNION RETREAT

The entire Northern camp fled from the battlefield so that they could reposition themselves today. Following the orders of General McClellan, the Army immediately withdrew to Gaines' Mill where they will be stationed, pending further combat. Horses and men thundered over the roadside as they sought to set themselves up in the best possible defensive positions. Tension eased up in Richmond with the sudden retreat, for citizens had been fearful of a Northern invasion of the city. "The enemy was so close," explained an inhabitant, "you could hear the soldiers snoring in the evening." The opposing Armies are now separated by a swamp and a forest. Ironically, the Northern soldiers are depending upon these Southern landmarks for protection.