Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond will be hosting a monthly series of talks devoted to a topic or event's 150th anniversary. These talks, normally scheduled for the third Friday of the month, are free for members and Richmond area residents, and are included with Museum admission for all others.
As a result of the Seven Days Battles, General George McClellan “changed his base” to the James River. Was it really a “change of base” that would allow him to renew his campaign against Richmond from a more advantageous position or was it a retreat and the effective end of a failed campaign? The answer depended on what happened next. The Army of the Potomac’s six weeks at Harrison’s Landing was the most important period of inactivity of the entire war. The character of the war changed dramatically in large part because of what McClellan did and did not do at Harrison’s Landing.