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During the Civil War, the Confederate forces constructed fortifications over many of the Revolutionary War earthworks. In the Siege of 1862, during McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, General Magruder's 56,000 Confederate soldiers in Yorktown held off a 100,000-man Union army for over a month. Confederates abandoned the town on 4 May, and Union troops occupied the area for the remainder of the Civil War.
Many of the Civil War-era earthworks have been preserved and are visible today. There is also a National Cemetery that contains the remains of some 2,200 Civil War dead.
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