MCCLELLANS FIRST LINE Union Brig . Gen . Silas Casey Held Both Sides Of The Road ...
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Description: MCCLELLANS FIRST LINE Union Brig . Gen . Silas Casey held both sides of the road here on 31 May 1862 , in Maj . Gen . George B . McClellans first defensive line at Seven Pines . Confederate Gen . Joseph E . Johnston ordered a dawn attack , but his lieutenants acted slowly . Maj . Gen . D . H . Hill waited with his division about a mile west of here for the sound of gunfire to the south that was his signal to move . Exasperated by the delay he assaulted on his own at 1P . M . and smashed through Caseys position to McClellans second line , but a lack of support combined with the arrival of fresh Union troops halted the attack . That evening , Johnston fell wounded and Gen . Robert E . Lee replaced him the next day . Department of Historic Resources , 2002