Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Meltonville, Mississippi
Sunday we headed out after breakfast for a tour of the 1862 Seven Days Battles. Mark and Eddie showed up to ride along with us. We headed out north on I-95 to I-64 to US 360 and get above Richmond to Mechanicsville. It being a Sunday morning the traffic was very light. Hwy 156 travels past most of the sites we would visit this day. First stop was Beaver Dam Creek battle on June 26. The Union repulsed the attack by Lee’s forces, but McClellan thinking he was outnumbered started pulling back to concentrate his army. Next stop was the site of the Battle of Gaines Mill, June 27. The Confederate army broke through the Union lines and they continued to push the Union army away from Richmond. Continuing on, we turned off 156 onto Hanover Road and then Grapevine Road, then left on Meadow Road for a stop at the site of the Savage’s Station battle of June 29. All that is here is a Historic Marker along the road about a half mile north of the railroad. The Confederate forces continued to encourage the Union rearguard to move on, as they retreated towards the James River. We continued on Meadow Road across I-64 and US 60 where it ties back into 156. We rode on past the site of the White Oak Swamp. Here on June 30, General Jackson’s troops failed to cut off the Union line of retreat. Leaving them time to gather at our next stop of Malvern Hill. Here on July 1, McClellan’s line of cannon along a ridge dealt severely with the Confederate’s attempt to destroy his army. The next day McClellan withdrew his army to Harrison’s Landing on the James River. Thus ending the attempt to capture Richmond and possibly shorten the War. We crossed the James River just below Hopewell and stopped for lunch at the Dockside Restaurant. After lunch Mark and Eddie headed off home while we continued west on Hwy 10 into Hopewell and a stop at City Point. This was Grant’s headquarters during the siege of Petersburg and an important logistics center for that effort. We walked the grounds and soaked in some of the history. Then back to 10 and west to the motel. We just grabbed to go dinners at area fast food places and socialized outside well into the night. A Wisconsin couple travelling on a Harley joined us.
A real official CAT ride of 75 miles for the day.
1. Mark, George & Norma, Ray, and Eddie
2. Mississippi monument at Gaines Mill Battle site
3. Two 1800 bikes of the fastest color, 2010 and 2018, at Malvern Hill
4. Lunch at Dockside along the James River
5. Grant’s winter home, 1864/65, City Point, Hopewell, VA
It matters not how good you are if an angel pees on the flintlock of your musket.
Old German Military saying.
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