Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee

Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee

Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee

Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee

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Designed for those beginning to cultivate an interest in the Civil War, enthusiasts and scholars alike will soon discover the treasure of information contained within the pages of these books. Photographs, biographical sketches and detailed maps are used to illustrate the events of the unfolding drama as each author remains sharply focused on the particular story at hand. Separate and complete, each book conveys the agony, glory, death and wreckage of America's greatest tragedy.

Excerpt

In May 1864 General Ulysses S. Grant moved a huge Federal army into an area of Virginia west of Fredericksburg known as the Wilderness, which he only wanted to use as a passageway. Rather than attack General Robert E. Lee's army, entrenched along the south bank of the Rapidan River, Grant planned to force Lee out of his strong defensive position, compelling him either to fight on terrain selected by the Federals or to fall back toward the Confederate capital in Richmond.

Grant's plan failed. Instead of retreating southward, Lee struck the Federals as they marched through the Wilderness, thus neutralizing much of Grant's advantage in manpower. After two days of hard fighting, more than 18,000 Federals and nearly 11,000 Confederates were dead, wounded, or missing. But the Wilderness was merely the opening action in a deadly . . .

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