Battles in the East, Civil War Trivia

Wilderness Recap (Links)

It occurred to me that I wrote a LOT of posts about the Wilderness in this last blog series and they were a bit scattered between non-Wilderness posts. So, for the convenience of future readers, here are the links to each of these posts so you'll be able to find them in some reasonable order.… Continue reading Wilderness Recap (Links)

Battles in the East

Moving Out of the Wilderness

Almost nothing had been going right for Ulysses Grant in the Wilderness. His usual style of giving general orders and letting his subordinates fill in the details was not serving him well. Ambrose Burnside, acting in independent command with his IX Corps, dropped the ball and arrived too late to do any real damage as… Continue reading Moving Out of the Wilderness

Women in the War

Nurses of the Wilderness – Hill, Hancock, and Barlow

With the massive influx of casualties in the Wilderness, doctors and nurses were working double-time to tend to the wounded in both blue and gray. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated doctors like Jonathon Letterman, the wounded of the Overland Campaign were in a better situation to be efficiently treated than those of previous campaigns.… Continue reading Nurses of the Wilderness – Hill, Hancock, and Barlow

Women in the War

A Union Sympathizer in the Wilderness – Katherine Couse

About ten miles southeast of the Widow Tapp Field sits another home that would come under the shadow of war. Katherine Couse, a 28 year-old New Jersey native, was a Union sympathizer like the rest of her family. Her parents, William and Elizabeth owned close to 1,400 acres of farmland in an area known as… Continue reading A Union Sympathizer in the Wilderness – Katherine Couse

Portraits of Privates

A Prisoner of the Wilderness – Laforest Hinton

One of several fates may befall a soldier in combat. They can come out unscathed, become wounded and taken to their own corps’ field hospital, or they can die on the battlefield. One more fate, perhaps even more terrifying than these, is to be wounded and then captured by the enemy. This was the fate… Continue reading A Prisoner of the Wilderness – Laforest Hinton

Battles in the East, Portraits of Privates

A Spiritual Wilderness

When I first began my expeditions to Civil War battlefields, friends and family good-naturedly warned me to “watch out for ghosts”. I’ll admit, when I was younger, I was big into paranormal investigation stuff. As an adult, not so much. I’ll leave my own beliefs on the supernatural out of the blog in favor of… Continue reading A Spiritual Wilderness

Portraits of Privates

A Missing Soldier in the Wilderness – Wilber Hurlbut

While studying the war from 5,000 feet, it can be easy to disconnect one’s self from the stories of the individuals who bled and died in the conflict. During the nation’s Covid-19 crisis, many historical venues and museums were taking to the internet to continue their education outreach. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine… Continue reading A Missing Soldier in the Wilderness – Wilber Hurlbut

Battles in the East, Historical Homes, Women in the War

Ellwood Manor – Connections in the Wilderness

There’s a saying that every human being on the planet is connected by just six degrees of separation. Nowhere is this more exemplified than in the case of Ellwood Manor, nestled in the heart of the Wilderness. The legacy begins with two brothers. William and Churchill Jones were the sons of Churchill Jones and Millicent… Continue reading Ellwood Manor – Connections in the Wilderness

Story of Slavery

Colored Troops in the Wilderness

Although none of the USCT (US Colored Troops) were ordered into battle at the start of the Overland Campaign, they were still present in the Wilderness. This video tells the story of two formerly enslaves USCT soldiers who were present in early Mary of 1864, helping to guard the supplies in the rear.

Traveling Tidbits

Visiting The Wilderness

The battle of the Wilderness in May of 1864 was shaped by the terrain, which is why visiting the location itself is so important. The park itself doesn’t have an official Visitor Center like most. Your first stop can be at one of two places, either Ellwood, owned by the Lacey’s during the battle and… Continue reading Visiting The Wilderness