Back to top

In Spotsylvania County, Virginia, the Battle of the Wilderness ends and Union maneuvering continues

"Major-General Wadsworth Fighting in the Wilderness," May 5-7, 1864, artist's impression, zoomable image
05/07/1864
Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surprised new Union commander U.S. Grant by immediately attacking the advance of his Overland Campaign against Richmond.  Bloody fighting went on for two days in an area of forest and shrub in Spotsylvania County called "the Wilderness."  On the third day the exhausted armies disengaged as Grant sought to turn the Confederate right flank in a march to Spotsylvania Courthouse. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002), 172-173.