While battle raged north of the Chickahominy River at Gaines' Mill on June 27, CSA General Magruder demonstrated against the Union line south of the river at Garnett's Farm.
To escape an artillery crossfire, the Federal defenders from Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman's III Corps refused their line along the river.
The Confederates attacked again near Golding's Farm on the morning of June 28 but were easily repulsed.
These "fixing" actions heightened the fear in the Union high command that an all out attack would be launched against them south of the river.
Location: Henrico County
Campaign: Peninsular Campaign (March-September 1862) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): June 27-28, 1862
Principal Commanders: Major General George B. McClellan [US]; Major General John B. Magruder [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 830 total