Wednesday, July 2, 1862
Exhausted from the Seven Days Battles, the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment arrived at their new camp with the Army of the Potomac at Harrison’s Landing on the James River. The Union forces camped on the grounds of Berkeley Plantation, the home of the Harrison family and former U.S. President William Henry Harrison. This location afforded the Union army a strong defensive position, one which General Robert E. Lee decided not to attack.1
1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 135. Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 152.