The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5--6, 1864

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LSU Press, Sep 1, 2004 - History - 536 pages
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Fought in a tangled forest fringing the south bank of the Rapidan River, the Battle of the Wilderness marked the initial engagement in the climactic months of the Civil War in Virginia, and the first encounter between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. In an exciting narrative, Gordon C. Rhea provides the consummate recounting of that conflict of May 5 and 6, 1864, which ended with high casualties on both sides but no clear victor. With its balanced analysis of events and people, command structures and strategies, The Battle of the Wilderness is operational history as it should be written.


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This book is a meticulously researched and well documented history of the Battle of the Wilderness. While I would not recommend it for the casual reader, students of the American Civil War or those ... Read full review

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This is the first of four volumes describing the battles of the forty days. The author seems to have done a very good job of putting all of the sources together and producing an extremely detailed ... Read full review


MAY 23 1864 Lee and Grant Make Their Plaiu
MAY A The Armies Maneuver for Position
MAY 5 MORNING Lee and Grant Find Surprise and Opportunity
The Grand Offensive Breaks Down
MAY 5 EVENING Grant Striven for a Coordinated Assault
MAY 6 MORNING The Tide Shifts
Lee Struggles to Retain the Initiative
MAY 6 EVENING The Armies Reach Stalemate
The Order of Battle

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Gordon C. Rhea is also the author of Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero; The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7--12, 1864; To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13--25, 1864, winner of the Fletcher Pratt Literary Award; and Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26--June 3, 1864, winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table's Laney Prize; and In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee: The Wilderness through Cold Harbor. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

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