March 1862 – McClellan fired. He ignored Lincoln’s requests too many times. Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac – first naval engagement between ironclad ships. Fought to a “draw”
April – Battle of Shiloh. Casualties heavy – what else is new? Union dead, 13,000; South, 11,000.
Also in April, Farragut commands New Orleans (ugh). The Peninsular Campaign begins.
May – Stonewall Jackson wins in the Shenandoah. Hooray!
June – Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) – Confederates almost win (optimum word here is almost)
July – Seven Days’ Battle – Confederates withdraw July2, ending Peninsular Campaign.
August – Pope defeated at Second Manassas. Hooray!
Will talk about Sept – Dec in next blog.