In 1862, in Henrico County at night fall on this fateful day a bullet harmlessly clipped the shoulder of General Joseph E. Johnston as he set the Army of Northern Virginia to the hopeless task of defending the Confederate Capital of Richmond.
Confederate Night FallIt was a fortunate but temporary reprieve that would change absolutely nothing because the Federal drive up the Virginia Peninsula was unstoppable. Even before the outset of the final battle at Fair Oaks, Union soldiers wrote that they could hear church bells ringing in the city.
Within days the Army of the Potomac would enter the Confederate Capital in triumph. At the head of the victorious column was a man of destiny gifted with the abundance of boldness and aggression that Johnston lacked: General-in-Chief of the Union Army, the Virginian Robert E. Lee.