June 6, 2012 10:51 AM

Johnston Wounded; Lee Takes Command

Fought on May 31 and June 1, 1862, the battle of Seven Pines or Fair Oaks, was the largest battle in the Civil War’s eastern theater at that time. The battle was second only to Shiloh in the number of combined casualties in the early stages of 1862. Despite the scale of the fight and number of casualties, Seven Pines is best known for the wounding of General Joseph E. Johnston which led President Jefferson Davis to place General Robert E. Lee in command of the Army of Northern Virginia.

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