Civil War Battle: Garnett & Golding Farm, Henrico, Virginia – Jun 1862

In the Seven Days Battle outside of Richmond, Virginia in 1862, days Two and Three of this battle raged across the farm of Simon Gouldin (Golding) and his neighbor and kin, James M. Garnett.

DNA NOTE: YDNA testing of multiple Goldings and Gouldins have shown that they share a common male line related to William Golding c1704 VA – 1782 SC. 

Battle Location: Henrico County, Virginia

Campaign: Peninsula Campaign (March-September 1862)

Date(s): June 27-28, 1862

Estimated Casualties: 830 total

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan [US]; Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder [CS]

Description: While battle raged north of the Chickahominy River at Gaines’ Mill on June 27, Magruder demonstrated against the Union line south of the river at Garnett’s Farm. To escape an artillery crossfire, the Federal defenders from Maj. Gen. 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.

Result(s): Inconclusive. Neither side ‘won’. Both sides disengaged.

Wikipedia History of the Seven Days Battle — Some good maps and info!

Updated 2019.08.04; originally published 2013.04.28