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In Virginia, the Union Army crosses the Rapidan River and begins Grant's Overland Campaign

Grant and Lee, major topic, composite image
05/04/1864
The Overland Campaign was a massive and sustained offensive General U.S. Grant designed to draw the Army of Northern Virginia to battle in defense of Richmond.  A series of battles were fought on this design, including the Wilderness and Cold Harbor.  Casualties were very heavy but Grant wore down Lee and achieved the strategic success of crossing the James River and besieging Petersburg.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002), 168-179. 

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