#24 After the Battle Gaines' Mill, Virginia June 27, 1862

Gaines' Mill, Va. June 27, 1862


With their supply lines cut off, Federal troops had no choice but to leave Gaines' Mill and retreat. Throughout the day the Union Army had repelled any attack upon them by the Southern forces. At dusk, General Lee launched one last powerful assault on the Union forces. General Hood's Texas division ripped through the center of the Northern Army and stranded the Union's fighters without food and ammunition. General Fitz-John Porter had no choice but to withdraw across the Chickahominy River. Many of the wounded Federal fighters had to be left on the battlefield where they were taken prisoners by the Confederates.