"The battle of Williamsburg has received less importance in history than it has merited.  It having been measured by results rather than the opportunities it presented for the successful close of the campaign." 

Edwin Brown, 1st Mass. Vols. 

General Hancock's attack on May 5th, 1862. Harper's Weekly. New York, May 24, 1862. The property shown in this image is currently being considered for a mixed use development

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Secondary Source Reading

Colonel Ward and the Floridians by Carson O. Hudson Jr. (PDF)

Sarah Edmonds at Williamsburg by Carson O. Hudson Jr. (PDF)

Confederate Generals (At Williamsburg) by Carson O. Hudson Jr. (PDF)

Confederate Wounded by Carson O. Hudson Jr. (PDF)

Capture of the flag of the 5th North Carolina by Tom McMahon, America's Civil War May 2002 (PDF)

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources- Flag of the 5th North Carolina Infantry


 Primary Source Reading

The Battle of Williamsburg and the Charge of the 24th Virginia of Early's BrigadeBy Col. Maury. 1880

Battle of Williamsburgh with Reminiscences of the Campaign, Hospital Experiences, Debates, Etc. By James R. Burns. 1865

Confederate Wounded at Williamsburg (PDF)

Primary Resources

Images (Library of Congress- Waud)

Kearney(sic) at Battle of Williamsburg / Hookers division engaging at the battle of Williamsburg /

 Hancock's Brigade repulsing the enemy. Battle of Williamsburg


Images (Library of Congress- Various)

Battle of Williamsburg, A. Chappel, 1863The Battle of Williamsburg, Va. May 5th 1862. Currier & Ives

Battle of Williamsburg--Gen. Hancock's charge, May 5, 1862. Kurz & Allison, c.1893


Maps, cartography and geographic renderings (Library of Congress- Various)

The Battlefield of Williamsburg, Va. :fought 5th May 1862. Robert Knox Sneden c.1870 

Plan of Fort Magruder, Battlefield of Williamsburg, Virginia. Sketched the day after the battle 6th May 1862. Robert Knox Sneden, 1862. 

Army of the Potomac, Yorktown to WilliamsburgHenry Abbot & Gen. Humphrey Sep. 1862 

Williamsburg to White HouseHenry Abbot & Gen. Humphrey Sep. 1862

Sketch of the battlefield and Confederate works in front of Williamsburg, Va., May 5th 1862. Miles, McAlester c.1876