Battle of Beaver Dam Creek Facts

June 26 1862

Beaver Dam Creek Battle facts, including dates, location, casualties, leaders, who won, and more interesting facts you might not know. This fact sheet provides a quick overview of the battle and is for kids doing research and students preparing for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam.

George McClellan, Portrait, Brady

The Battle of Beaver Dam Creek fought on June 26, 1862, was the second engagement of the Seven Days Battles during Major General George McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign. Image Source: Wikipedia.

Also Known As

  • Battle of Mechanicsville
  • Battle of Ellerson’s Mill

Date and Location

  • June 26, 1862
  • Hanover County, Virginia, near Richmond


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Military Forces Engaged

  • Union — Army of the Potomac
  • Confederate — Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Soldiers Engaged

  • Union — Roughly 15,000
  • Confederate — Roughly 16,000

Estimated Casualties

  • Union — fewer than 400 soldiers
  • Confederate — 1,400 soldiers


  • Union victory

Timeline of the Peninsula Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Peninsula Campaign in order. The battles that occurred from June 25 to July 1, 1862, are collectively known as the Seven Days Battles.