NSCWR member and former board member John Scotto will discuss the first two battles of the Seven Days, the battles of Mechanicsville and Gaines’ Mill. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the Peninsula Campaign, followed by a review of the operational and tactical decisions made by the rival army commanders and their key subordinates. Some commonly held beliefs may be challenged in this informative and well researched presentation.
John has been a member of the NSCWR since it's second meeting. When he resigned from the board, he was its longest serving member. John graduated from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in 1989, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He served in the US Army from 1989 to 1993, leaving as a Captain in the Regular Army. He led a mechanized infantry platoon in the 1st Armored Division during the 1991 Gulf War. John subsequently served in the US National Park Service from 1994 to 1996, at Richmond National Battlefield Park and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. He was a financial adviser from 1996 to 2003. Since 2003 He has been employed by the Long Island Rail Road.
Seven Days Battles—June 25, 1862 – July 1, 1862
With a Federal army of more than 100,000 well-supplied soldiers poised on its eastern flank, the citizens of Richmond, Virginia warily awaited news from the tenuous lines along the swampy Chickahominy River. Would the Union Army, after victories at Fort Henry and Donelson, take Richmond as its ultimate prize? Would the brief tenure of the Confederacy come to a quick and inglorious end in the summer of 1862? In what would prove to be one of the more savage and remarkable campaigns of the American Civil War, the Army of Northern Virginia under the leadership of a new commander named Robert E. Lee, would take to the offensive against George B. McClellan and his mighty Army of the Potomac.