Battle of Wilderness: Overview

BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS (may 5- MAY 7 1864 CONFED)

While Grant tried to move quickly through the dense underbrush of the wilderness, Lee launched two of his armies on parallel roads to intercept him. This battle occurred at Spotsylvania and Orange County, Virginia and resulted in 25,416 casualties.

When?

May 5-7, 1864

Where?

Spotsylvania County and Orange County, Virginia (Northern Virginia)

Who won the Battle of the Wilderness?

The Battle of the Wilderness was a draw.

What happened?

While Grant tried to move quickly through the dense underbrush of the wilderness, Lee launched two of his armies on parallel roads to intercept him. Lee fended off the Union army. Grant’s men ended up coming right back after Lee a few days later in the Battle of the Spotsylvania Court House.

Why is this important?

Lincoln & Grant recently decided the best way to win the war was to take out Lee (as opposed to taking down the Southern Capital of Richmond). This battle was the first of a series of May 1864 Union attacks that Lee had to fend off.

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