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Eltham's Landing

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Battle Name: Eltham’s Landing
Other Names: Barhamsville, West Point
State: Virginia
Location: New Kent County
Campaign: Peninsula Campaign (March-September 1862)
Dates: May 7, 1862
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. William B. Franklin [US]; Maj. Gen. Gustavius W. Smith [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 242 total (US 194; CS 48)
Description: Franklin’s Union division landed at Eltham’s Landing and was attacked by two brigades of Smith’s command, reacting to the threat to the Confederate army’s trains on the Barhamsville Road. Franklin’s movement occurred while the Confederate army was withdrawing from the Williamsburg line.
Results: Inconclusive

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