By Grady McWhiney
Spring, 1864 . . . the Civil War's maximum generals face one another within the box of conflict. Ulysses S. provide spurs his military of the Potomac around the Rapidan River as a part of a grand offensive plan designed to weigh down the Confederacy in one blow. anticipating provide and his Federals is the military of Northern Virginia lower than the command of Robert E. Lee who, for 2 years, has repelled each Union try and penetrate south of the Rapidan. back, Lee foils Federal intentions, speedily outstanding Grant's military because it struggles in the course of the tangled darkness of Virginia's such a lot impenetrable wooded area, often called the wasteland. With dogged decision unusual to Federal armies struggling with within the East, supply turns to stand off with Lee. for 2 days the nice armies strive against amid the nightmare panorama that might provide this bloody conflict its identify. An soaking up and specified account of 1 of the best battles among furnish and Lee, vividly depicted by means of a exotic historian.
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Extra info for Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee (Civil War Campaigns and Commanders)
The next encounter occurred near the intersection of the Brock Road and the Plank Road, along which Lee advanced with Hill's Corps. S. Military Academy at the bottom of his class of thirty-eight students; appointed brevet 2d lieutenant in 1st Infantry in 1847; promoted to 2d lieutenant in 6th Infantry in 1847 and to 1st lieutenant in 1853; married his first cousin, Harriet Selden. Served as regimental quartermaster, 1854 to 1855; promoted to captain in the 10th Infantry in 1855. S. Army in 1861; organized the 45th Virginia Infantry and became its colonel in 1861; promoted to brigadier general in 1862 and sent to western Virginia where he suffered defeat at Lewisburg; served with General E.
He is buried in his native town, Cornwall Hollow, Connecticut. S. Military Academy eighteenth in the class of 1844; brevet 2d lieutenant 6th Infantry 1844; 2d lieutenant 1846; participated in Mexican War; brevetted 1st lieutenant 1847 for gallant conduct in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco; following the Mexican War, he spent years as regimental quartermaster and adjutant in Florida, Kansas, Utah, and on the Pacific coast; in 1850 married Almira Russell, daughter of a St. Louis merchant.
Getty, a Mexican War veteran and a West Point classmate of Sherman and Ewell, decided to construct light entrenchments near the crossroads while awaiting the arrival of Hancock's troops. Page 53 4 ''Let the Men Rest" These opening encounters had been fought blindly and with much confusion. Soldiers on both sides had stumbled toward each other through the brambles and thick growth. Numbers meant little; indeed, in the Wilderness, with vision limited by the thickness of the woods, officers lost control of their commands.