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The Wilderness Campaign

Edward Steere

The Wilderness Campaign

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Published by Stackpole in Harrisburg, Pa .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Grant, Ulysses S. -- 1822-1885,
  • Lee, Robert E. -- 1807-1870,
  • Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864

  • Edition Notes

    Bibliography: p. 477-511.

    Statementby Edward Steere.
    SeriesCivil War campaigns
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsE476.52 .S78
    The Physical Object
    Pagination525 p. :
    Number of Pages525
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14433433M
    LC Control Number60008953
    OCLC/WorldCa1411649

    Reaching the edge of a clearing known as Saunders Field, Ewell's men began digging in as Warren deployed the divisions of Brigadier Generals Charles Griffin and James Wadsworth on the far side. He believed that the most effective way to defeat the Confederacy was to attack repeatedly. Benjamin Butler's force, ending his raid. Fitzhugh Lee 's cavalry division was ordered to "break up this nest and stop their uncivilized proceedings.

    Meade reported the conversation to Grant, who replied, "Well, he generally knows what he is talking about. As a result, Ewell's men camped that night at Robertson's Tavern on the Orange Turnpike, only three miles from Warren's unsuspecting corps. But he assumed that the corps of Sedgwick, Warren, and Hancock could hold back any potential Confederate advance until the supply trains came up, at which time Grant could move forward to engage in a major battle with Lee, presumably at Mine Run. Although initially pushed back, the Confederates counterattacked with the brigade of Brig.

    Wright and Burnside had no better luck in supporting attacks. Carol Reardon's essay on Lewis Grant's Vermont Brigade is a fine examination of the unit that suffered the most casualties of all units involved in the battle on either side. Understanding this disparity, part of Grant's strategy was to grind down the Confederate army by waging a war of attrition. The advance by Union Brig. Intoxicated and ambitious, Ledlie decided to attack the Confederate position with his brigade alone. By coincidence, Longstreet was accidentally shot by his own men only about 4 miles 6.


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The Wilderness Campaign book

The following table summarizes estimates from a number of sources: Casualty estimates for the Battle of the Wilderness Source.

The Wilderness

To say it mildly, his troops still held the undying devotion and confidence they held when he won major victories at Second Manassas and Fredericksburg. Nonetheless, by halting in the Wilderness on the 4th, Grant had committed his first great blunder of the campaign.

No Union supporting units arrived. Gouverneur K. I know Lee's methods well by past experience; he will throw his whole army between us and the Rapidan, and cut us off completely from our communications. The siege lasted for almost ten months.

Battle of the Wilderness

At this moment, an aide approached Lee and told him that Longstreet had arrived, so Lee moved rearward to speak with him. The Federals now restored their lines and prepared for any further Southern attacks. The Confederacy did not have the men and supplies to reinforce the soldiers already in the field.

Crittenden sent word to Ledlie not to attack until the full division had crossed the river, but Ledlie, by now completely drunk, ordered a charge. Joneswho was killed. But the Texans would have none of that.

He wrote to the Army's chief of staff, Maj. Aided by Hancock, whose men were just arriving, Union forces increased pressure on Hill forcing Lee to commit his reserves to the fight. Carol Reardon's essay on Lewis Grant's Vermont Brigade is a fine examination of the unit that suffered the most casualties of all units involved in the battle on either side.

David B. At dusk, Lee ordered another attack led by the aggressive Georgia brigadier John B. Wilcoxto deal with Warren's supposedly minor threat.

To retain flexibility of response, Lee had dispersed his Army over a wide area. Ewell's men erected earthworks on the western end of the clearing known as Saunders Field.

Poague's 16 guns at the Widow Tapp farm fired canister tirelessly, but could not stem the tide and Confederate soldiers streamed toward the rear. Warren ordered an artillery section into Saunders Field to support his attack, but it was captured by Confederate soldiers, who were pinned down and prevented by rifle fire from moving the guns until darkness.

Robert E. Late in the day, Lee conducted an assault on Hancock's Brock Road line but was unable to break through. His left flank was against the swollen Chickahominy, and Confederate cavalry threatened his rear, hoping to capture the Union force.Battle of the Wilderness Map, Wilderness Campaign Map, Battle of the Wilderness Battlefield Map, Union Order of Battle, Confederate Order of Battle, Army Battlefield Positions, Troop Positions, Maps the book uses the words of the soldiers themselves to provide a view of the army's experiences in camp, on the march, in combat, and under.

The winter encampment preceding the Wilderness campaign restored the fighting spirit of the Vermont Brigade. A substantial number of new recruits, substitutes, and conscripts arrived to fill depleted ranks. Reli-gious meetings flourished in atlasbowling.com Jerome Cutler ofth e 2nd Vermont worshiped with a congregation "composed of representatives of Cited by: 9.

Aug 21,  · Battle of the Wilderness: Second Day. Shortly after 5 a.m. on May 6, the Union 2nd Corps, led by Winfield Scott Hancock, attacked along the. The Wilderness campaign of May initiated an epic confrontation between these two Civil War commanders--one that would finally end, eleven months later, with Lee's surrender at Appomattox.

The eight essays here assembled explore aspects of the background, conduct, and repercussions of the fighting in the Wilderness.   Author Bradley Gottfried will be presenting and signing copies of his book, The Maps of the Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, MayThe event is at 7.

Gaithersburg MD: Old Soldier Books, Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Facsimile Reprint. pp. w/ 27 maps. Organized chronologically, this microhistory of the Battle of the Wilderness details the opening of Grant's Overland Campaign.