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The Wilderness

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Ulysses S. Grant
Robert E. Lee

Definition: Woods in Virginia west of Chancellorsville. Grant's goal was to quick march through the Wilderness and attack the flank of Lee's army, forcing the Confederates into a fight in the open. Lee, however, had other ideas. The two armies clashed inside the woods, making artillery and cavalry all but useless. Blinding smoke and fog enveloped the troops for two days (May 5-6, 1864), during which fires killed a good amount of men. Despite heavy losses (17,000 men), Grant refused to turn around. In this respect, it was the turning point of the Civil War in the east.


Related Resources:
The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

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Battle of the Wilderness
Facts and figures on this horrific clash between North and South.

More on the Wilderness
Text-heavy but fascinating account of the battle.

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