Border Line Campaign
Part of the Take Command War
Date February 6-9, 1861

Richmond, Virginia

Result Confederate Victory
Union C.S.A
Commanders and leaders
George Meade

Joseph Chamberlain John Sedgewick

Stonewall Jackson

James Longstreet Jubal A. Early

Units involved
Army of the Cumberland Army of Tennessee
112,900 69,000
Casualties and losses
8,577 8,754

The Border Line Campaign was the first campaign of the Take Command War, starting on February 6, 1861 and lasting until February 9, 1861.

It had a series of four battles: Battle of Anderson, Battle of Richmond, Battle of Watertown and the Battle of Jillvy.

Union PlanEdit

The Union Plan was to attack consecutively, and start digging into the South. George Meade, Joseph Chamberlain and John Sedgewick were the 3 main Union commanders throughout the campaign. After 2 failures at the first 2 battles, the Union finally got a little sunshine when the Confederate's lost more men than the Union.

Confederate PlanEdit

The Confederate's, after the first attack, prepared to play "defensive" in this campaign. However, it did not sit well with Stonewall Jackson, who, after defeating them at the Battle of Richmond, called for an attack which ended up inconclusive.

In the Battle of Jillvy, James Longstreet was wounded on the battlefield so James L. Worley had to take his place. Surgeons told Stonewall that Longstreet would be able to return to duty in 3 days (returned February 12).

Campaign OutcomeEdit

The outcome of the campaign was a Confederate victory despite more casualties. If they had lost the Battle of Jillvy, then it was highly likely that the Union would have broken through lines.

See alsoEdit

Battle of Anderson

Defense of Richmond

Battle of Watertown

Battle of Jillvy

George Meade