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The Wilderness Campaign

Gary W. Gallagher

Abstract

In the spring of 1864, in the vast Virginia scrub forest known as the Wilderness, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first met in battle. The Wilderness campaign of May 5–6 initiated an epic confrontation between these two Civil War commanders—one that would finally end, eleven months later, with Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The eight essays here assembled explore aspects of the background, conduct, and repercussions of the fighting in the Wilderness. Through an often-revisionist lens, contributors focus on topics such as civilian expectations for the campaign, morale in the two armies, and ... More

Keywords: Wilderness campaign, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Civil War, Appomattox, morale, generalship, Philip H. Sheridan, Richard S. Ewell, James Longstreet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780807823347
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807835890_gallagher

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Gary W. Gallagher, editor

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