Historians Say Peninsula Campaign Helped Robert E. Lee Establish Reputation

Jun 27, 2012

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, Union forces hoped to capture the Confederate capitol of Richmond. In fighting that became known as the "Peninsula Campaign," Robert E. Lee kept his promise that the city would be defended.

Lee had made that promise to Jefferson Davis. In the next in our series of reports on the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Dr. Glenn LaFantasie and Dr. Jack Thacker of the WKU History Department, discuss the fighting and its impact.