Battle of the Wilderness

 

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Short Summary of the Battle of the Wilderness
Short Summary: The Battle of the Wilderness
was fought on May 5-7, 1864 by the Union Union  forces led by Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and Major General George G. Meade against the Confederate Army led by General Robert E. Lee. This famous Civil War battle was fought between 101,000 Union soldiers and 61,000 Confederate troops. At the end of three days the Union losses were over 17,000 and the Confederate losses amounted to over 11,000,  it was ended in a costly stalemate.

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Battle of the Wilderness
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th American President who served in office from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. One of the major battlefields in the Civil War during his presidency was the horrific Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia.

     

Facts about the Battle of the Wilderness
The main battles of the Civil War were
divided into two principal theaters in which the major military operations took place. The Battle of the Wilderness was fought in Virginia in the Eastern theater.

  • The Eastern Theater that comprised of the area east of the Appalachians in the locality of the rival capitals of Washington and Richmond

Facts about the Battle of the Wilderness
The Battle of the Wilderness was fought by the Confederate army of the IX Corps Army of Northern Virginia against the Union Army of the Potomac.

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Facts about the Battle of the Wilderness
The conflict was called the
Battle of the Wilderness because it was located in a dense forest known by the same name. In early May 1864, The 'Wilderness' was an area of over 70 miles in Spotsylvania County and Orange County. General Grant began moving south with 101,000 men, the Battle of the Wilderness was fought on May 5-7, 1864. General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union army had crossed the Rapidan River, through north-central Virginia, and marched southward to meet General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate soldiers at the Battle of the Wilderness. The forest were thick, full of dense undergrowth that was difficult to pass having few roads or clearings. The terrain suited ambush attacks from the Confederate soldiers led by Robert E. Lee. Everything was in favor of the attacker, but their were heavy losses on both sides. Grant marched out of the nightmare known as the Wilderness as soon as he was able and moved on towards Spotsylvania Court House, located 10 miles southwest of Fredericksburg.

Facts about the Battle of the Wilderness
The following short fact sheet provides interesting facts and information about the Battle of the Wilderness, one of the major battles that was fought during the American Civil War
(April 12, 1861 and continued until May 10, 1865).

Battle of the Wilderness: FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Facts for KidsQuestions and Answers
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 1Q. Where was the Battle of the Wilderness fought?
A. It was fought in
Spotsylvania County and Orange County, Virginia
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 2Q. When was the Battle of the Wilderness fought?
It was fought on May 5-7, 1864
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 3Q. Who won the Battle of the Wilderness?
A. The result of the
battle was a stalemate
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 4Q. Who were the generals and leaders?
A. The Confederate general was Robert E. Lee. The Union Generals were Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and General George G. Meade
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 5Q. How many men fought in the Battle of the Wilderness?
A. The strength of the Union force was 101,895. The number of Confederate soldiers totaled 11,033.

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Battle of the Wilderness
The info about the Battle of the Wilderness provides interesting facts and important information about this important Civil War conflict that occured during the presidency of the 16th President of the United States of America.

 

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Battle of the Wilderness: FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions for kids)

Facts for KidsQuestions and Answers
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 6Q. How many Union casualties were there?
A. The total number of Union losses were 17,666: Number Killed 2,246, Number Wounded 12,037, Number Captured / Missing 3,383.
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 7Q. How many Confederate casualties were there?
A.
The total number of Confederate losses were 11,033: Number Killed 1,477, Number Wounded 7,866, Number Captured / Missing 1,690.
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 8Q. Why was the Battle of the Wilderness important?
A. It was
strategically significant because it marked the first stage of a major Union offensive toward the Confederate capital of Richmond. It was also the first meeting between Grant and Lee.
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 9During the fighting many of the trees and thickets caught fire and men were seriously injured and some  were burnt alive. At several points during the battle, leaders of both sides agreed to stop shooting so that they could rescue injured soldiers from the flames.
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 10The Battle of the Wilderness was an accidental conflict. Neither General Lee nor General Grant wanted to fight there.
 
Battle of the Wilderness Fact 11A total of five generals were killed at the disastrous Battle of the Wilderness.

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Battle of the Wilderness - President Abraham Lincoln Video
The article on the Battle of the Wilderness provides an overview of one of the major events of his presidential term in office. The following Abraham Lincoln video will give you additional important facts and dates about the political events experienced by the 16th American President whose presidency spanned from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865.

 

 

 

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