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Dabbs House Museum - Richmond, VA
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N 37° 32.591 W 077° 22.975
18S E 289479 N 4157800
Quick Description: Historic home that was Gen. Robert E. Lee's first headquarters.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 1/17/2010 2:13:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM82V5
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:

After the conclusion of the Battle of Seven Pines (May 31-June 1, 1862), Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed his senior military adviser as commander of the Confederate Army - General Robert E. Lee. In his first headquarters, Lee planned the attack that would become the Seven Days Battles. The aggressiveness of Lee's attack and the tactics used by the Confederates unnerved an already jittery and paranoid George B. McClellan who, on the third of the Seven Days, ordered a retreat to the James River.

The Dabbs House is now a historic museum and houses a Civil War research library. Tours are open to the public (12-4 pm weekdays), but the library is available by appointment only. Visit Link

The CWT marker describes the Dabbs House and Lee's time here:

In May 1862, Gen. George McClellan’s Union army was poised on the outskirts of Richmond threatening the Confederate capital. Here, in the Dabbs House, Robert E. Lee, as new commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, opened his headquarters on June 1, 1862. Four days later, he had shaped the strategy that would free Richmond from the Army of the Potomac.

Two notable conferences occurred here. The first, on June 11, brought cavalryman Gen. J.E.B. Stuart to plan with Lee the famous ride around the Union Army. That feat, which covered 100 miles in 72 hours, electrified stagnant morale among citizens and soldiers alike and was the first flash in Stuart’s meteoric career.

Almost two weeks later, on June 23, Lee assembled his top subordinates for the first time. Using information gathered from Stuart’s ride, he unveiled his plan to drive the Northern army away from Richmond. This event, often called “The Dabbs House Meeting,” was the first step in the series of battles known as the Seven Days that introduced Lee to the world as a talented [sign text clipped].

Sidebar: Known as High Meadow prior to the Civil War, the two-story brick structure was the home of Josiah and Mary Dabbs when the war broke out. Upon the death of Josiah in January 1862, Mary moved into Richmond, leaving the house unoccupied when Lee made it his headquarters. An extension on the west and two one-and-a-half story wings were added in the early 1900s.

Type of site: Historic Home

3812 Nine Mile Road
Richmond, VA USA

Phone Number: (804) 652-3406

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions: Not listed

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