Battle Spotsylvania Court House: Overview

BATTLE OF SPOTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE (may 8-21 1864 DRAW)

Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant fled a previous battle with his army only to try and stand up to Robert E. Lee’s army once again in a battle that took nearly 2 weeks. This battle occurred in Virginia and resulted in 30,000 casualties of which 18,000 soldiers were union soldiers. However neither side really gained ground from this battle.

When?

May 8-21, 1864

Where?

Spotsylvania County, Virginia (NW Virginia near Maryland border)

Who won the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House?

The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House was a draw.

What happened?

Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant fled a previous battle with his army only to try and stand up to Robert E. Lee’s army once again in a battle that took nearly 2 weeks.

Why is this important?

Lincoln and Grant devised a Union decided the best strategy for Northern success was to take out Robert E. Lee’s army (as opposed to the Southern capital of Richmond). Lee successfully staved off back-to-back Northern attacks at the Battle of the Wilderness and now the two week Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Conversely Grant’s unsuccessful May, 1864 in which he incurred 60,000 casualties in 30 days brought him heavy criticism from the northern press.

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