Yorktown Falls without a Fight

May 4, 1862

News reaches Washington that the month-long Union siege of Yorktown had ended and that Yorktown had been abandoned by the Confederates.   General George B. McClellan believed that he faced over 100,000 Confederate troops and had requested siege guns to attack their fortifications.   President Lincoln had been frustrated by McClellan’s laborious preparations – which proved unnecessary when a Union general saw from a balloon that the Confederates had left.

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