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The Battle of the Wilderness
May 5-7, 1864
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Battle Description Good description of this two day battle plus map.
General Lee in the Wilderness Campaign Lee's actions in the campaign as described by a member of his staff. Taken from "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War."
Gordon At The Wilderness ( May 5, 1864) Beginning of the long fight between Grant and Lee -- Grant crosses the Rapidan -- First contact of the two armies -- Ewell's repulse -- A rapid countercharge -- A strange predicament -- The Union centre broken -- Unprecedented movement which saved the Confederate troops.
Gordon At The Wilderness (May 6, 1864) The men ordered to sleep on their arms -- Report of scouts -- Sedgwick's exposed position -- A plan proposed to flank and crush him -- General Early's objections to it -- Unfounded belief that Burnside protected Sedgwick -- General Lee orders a movement in the late afternoon -- Its success until interrupted by darkness -- The Government official records prove that Early was mistaken.
Longstreet At The Wilderness Excellent write-up taken from his book, "From Manassas To Appomattox".
Through the Wilderness A fine description looked at from the Union side. Taken from "Battle and Leaders of the Civil War."

From The Official Records
Summary of Principal Events                       Provides the the summary of principal events for the entire Wilderness Campaign
Order of Battle (AOP) This Order of Battle describes the organization of the Army of the Potomac for the Wilderness Campaign.
Order of Battle (ANV) This Order of Battle describes the organization of the Army of Northern Virginia for the Wilderness Campaign.

Official Reports

Union Reports
Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside
Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock
Maj. Gen. John Gibbon
Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren

Confederate Reports
Lieut. Gen. Richard S. Ewell
Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon
Brig. Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw
General Robert E. Lee
Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet


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