On May 31, General Joseph E. Johnston attempted to overwhelm two Federal corps that appeared isolated south of the Chickahominy River. The
Confederate assaults, though not well coordinated, succeeded in driving back the IV Corps and inflicting heavy casualties.
Reinforcements arrived, and both sides fed more and more troops into the action.
Supported by the III Corps and Sedgwick's division of Sumner's II Corps (that crossed the rain-swollen river on Grapevine Bridge), the Federal position was finally stabilized.
General Johnston was seriously wounded during the action, and command of the Confederate army devolved temporarily to Major General G.W. Smith.
On June 1, the Confederates renewed their assaults against the Federals who had brought up more reinforcements but made little headway.
Both sides claimed victory. Confederate brigadier Robert H. Hatton was killed.
Location: Henrico County
Campaign: Peninsular Campaign (March-September 1862) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): May 31-June 1, 1862
Principal Commanders: Major General George B. McClellan [US]; General Joseph E. Johnston and Major General G.W. Smith [CS]
Forces Engaged: Armies: (84,000 total)
Estimated Casualties: 13,736 total (US 5,739; CS 7,997)