March 1862 - McClellan fired. He ignored Lincoln's requests too many times. Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac - first naval engagement between ironclad ships. Fought to a "draw"
April - Battle of Shiloh. Casualties heavy - what else is new? Union dead, 13,000; South, 11,000.
Also in April, Farragut commands New Orleans (ugh). The Peninsular Campaign begins.
May - Stonewall Jackson wins in the Shenandoah. Hooray!
June - Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) - Confederates almost win (optimum word here is almost)
July - Seven Days' Battle - Confederates withdraw July2, ending Peninsular Campaign.
August - Pope defeated at Second Manassas. Hooray!
Will talk about Sept - Dec in next blog.