Battle of Savage's Station

CAMPAIGN: Peninsula Campaign

DATE(S): March-July 1862

PRINCIPAL COMMANDERS: Major General Edwin Sumner [US] Major General John Magruder [CS]

FORCES ENGAGED: 40,600 total (US 26,600; CS 14,000;)

ESTIMATED CASUALTIES: 1,511 total (US 1,038; CS 473;)


Fourth of the Seven Days' Battles. On June 29, the main body of the Union army began a general withdrawal toward the James River. Magruder pursued along the railroad and the Williamsburg Road and struck Sumner's Corps (the Union rearguard) with three brigades near Savage's Station. Confederate Brig. Gen. Richard Giffith was mortally wounded during the fight. Jackson's divisions were stalled north of the Chickahominy. Union forces continued to withdraw across White Oak Swamp, abandoning supplies and more than 2,500 wounded soldiers in a field hospital.

RESULTS: Indecisive