Battles in the East

“Hell Itself” – Wilderness Conclusion – May 6th, 1864

Longstreet’s wounding dealt a morale blow to Lee and his Confederates. Overriding Longstreet’s order that Field should take his place and initiate the flanking attack, Lee instead moved Richard Anderson into the void, who knew next to nothing about the terrain or Longstreet’s plan. On top of that, Longstreet’s First Corps were a mangled mess… Continue reading “Hell Itself” – Wilderness Conclusion – May 6th, 1864

Battles in the East, Gab About Generals

Longstreet’s Wounding – Wilderness May 6th 1864

In the afternoon of May 6th, 1864, James Longstreet of the First Corps had launched a devastating flanking maneuver upon the Federal left from an unfinished railroad cut in the Wilderness. Led by one of his staff officers, four Confederate brigades poured into Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps and forced them back to their earthworks… Continue reading Longstreet’s Wounding – Wilderness May 6th 1864

Battles in the East

“Lee to the Rear!” – Longstreet’s Rescue in the Wilderness, May 6th 1864

Finally, after marching through the early morning hours, James Longstreet’s First Corps finally appeared out along the Plank Road to face Union General Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps. In the lead was John Gregg and his brigade of Texans and Arkansans and were some of the first to witness this near rout of their fellow… Continue reading “Lee to the Rear!” – Longstreet’s Rescue in the Wilderness, May 6th 1864

Battles in the East

Savage in its Character – Wilderness, early May 6th 1864

May 5th, 1864 had ended in a bloody and twisted mess in the area called The Wilderness in central Virginia. In the battle that initiated the Overland Campaign, we’ve got the two most famous generals of the Civil War going up against one another for the first time. On the Federal side, we’ve got Ulysses… Continue reading Savage in its Character – Wilderness, early May 6th 1864

Battles in the East

“Death Held High Carnival” – Widow Tapp Field, May 5th 1864

Just as Richard Ewell had thrown off Gouverneur Warren’s advance south to Todd’s Tavern on the morning of May 5th, so did A.P. Hill surprise Brigadier General Samuel Crawford down along the Orange Plank Road. The Confederate general met with some thin resistance of New York cavalry and effectively cut off the Federal cavalry unit… Continue reading “Death Held High Carnival” – Widow Tapp Field, May 5th 1864

Battles in the East

“A Battle of Invisibles” – Saunders Field – May 5th, 1864

On the morning of May 5th 1864, as the rear guard of Gouverneur Warren’s V Corps led by Charles Griffin’s division were ready to move further south to follow the rest of the army, Confederates were seen funneling down the Orange Turnpike and slipping to either side to form their battle lines. When word reached… Continue reading “A Battle of Invisibles” – Saunders Field – May 5th, 1864

Battles in the East

Into the Wilderness (May 1864)…

By the spring of 1864, the Civil War had a new face and a new attitude in a number of ways. In Virginia, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia have stalemated on either side of the Rapidan River. Confederate General Robert E. Lee was not fairing well, despite some small… Continue reading Into the Wilderness (May 1864)…