[Reading] ➹ The Battle Of The Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864 By Gordon C. Rhea – Bassgrotto.co.uk

The Battle Of The Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864 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.


10 thoughts on “The Battle Of The Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864

  1. says:

    I loved this book, it is one of the best written and researched accounts on the Battle of the Wilderness With over 450 pages of text and 20 well presented and easy to read maps this book gives you a day to day and blow by blow account of this terrible battle T...


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    Like two titans, U.S Grant and Robert E Lee locked armies and ferociously grappled with each other over two days in early May 1864 in a dense forbidding patch of terrain and landscape in northern Virginia known as The Wilderness At the conclusion of these two days of some of the most severest fighting of the entire Civil War, the two armies had lost a combined total of nearly 29,000 men killed, wounded, or captured.Gordon Rhea s account of Grant s first battle as the Union Army Commander in Chief, is a well written and very thorough description of The Battle of the Wilderness Grant was determined to maneuver the Union Army of the Potomac between Robert E Lee s Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate capitol in Richmond, and in The Wilderness he very nearly succeeded He started three extremely powerful Union Army Corps eastward down the Orange Plank Road and the Orange Turnpike and ran headlong into two Confederate Corps commanded by A.P Hill and Dick Ewell Unfortunately for the Federals, as the fighting started the corps and brigade commanders just couldn t maintain effective coordination and communication as the assaults progressed, and the out numbered Confederate corps were able to beat back most of the Federal attacks at great cost to both attacker and defender.T...


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    The Battle of the Wilderness was at one and the same time one of the most confused encounters of the Civil War and one of the grimmest On one hand, most of the battle took place in a second growth scrub forest interspersed with small hillocks and swamps There were two roads that cut horizontally across the field The Orange Turnpike and the Orange Plank Road Because of the terrain between the two roads, it was difficult to coordinate attacks without straying in the forest Toward the end of the battle, so many trees were cut down by bullets that few plants were above the height of a man And there weren t enough open spaces to make artillery effective.In such a situation, the advantage went to the defender It is likely that the Confederates took fewer casualties, especially when they were firing from entrenched positions and the Union launched attacks This was Grant s first battle with the Army of the Potomac, and few of his corps and division commanders came out with their reputations undamaged Meade was far too concerned with defending his supply wagons to make effective use of hi...


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    Forest fires raged ammunition trains exploded the dead were roasted in the conflagration the wounded, roused by its hot breath, dragged themselves along, with their torn and mangled limbs, in the mad energy of despair, to escape the ravages of the flames and every bush seemed hung with shreds of blood stained clothing It seemed as though Christian men had turned to fiends, and hell had usurped the place of earth E Porter Alexander return return It was awful This is the real thing A Vermont soldier return return Although Antietam was the single bloodiest day in the U.S Civil War, and at Gettysburg casualties amounted to than 56,000, no other battle was as nightmarish as the Battle of the Wilderness A its name implies, the Wilderness was a dense mass of woods and nearly impenetrable undergrowth, though which only a few roads passed It was the first time that Lee and Grant had met and it presaged the casualty lists to come return return Actually, it really was two battles, and sometimes three that were fought simultaneously along two of the roads The Orange Turnpike Road and the Orange Plank Road For two days, the Confederate and Union armies struggled to dislodge each...


  5. says:

    This is a very good book about this first meeting between Grant and Lee Rhea has clearly mastered the source material on this destructive engagement and the breadth of the primary sources that he uses is very impressive He presents a penetrating analysis of both days and his narrative is clear and conscise The activity on the Orange Plank Road and the Orange Turnpike is broken down by phase, and Longstreet s breaking of Hancock s line is exciting Rhea also manages to explain Burnside s movements and how the 9th Corps fit into Grant s overall scheme of maneuver Rhea also makes a point of highlighting how the Army of the Potomac, under Grant, attempted to coordinate the various corps to achieve a simultaneous offensive against the ANV Grant was the first general to attempt this with the AOP The book is filled with...


  6. says:

    In The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5 6, 1864, Gordon C Rhea charts the first meeting between Confederate General Robert E Lee and Union General Ulysses S Grant in the darkened, tangled forest west of Fredericksburg, Virginia, which ended with high casualties on both sides but no clear victor.Rhea clarifies and explains a battle that even its participants found confusing and hard to comprehend With its balanced analysis of events and people, command structures and strategies, The Battle of the Wilderness is a thorough and meticulous military history This is the first of a five volume series on General Ulysses S Grant s Overland Campaign during the American Civil War.Prior to 1864, the Eastern Theater had mostly been a war of maneuver The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia jockeyed back and forth with the Union Army of the Potomac with little to show for it In April 1864, both armies sat facing one another across the Rapidan River, almost exactly where they had been one year earlier.General Ulysses S Grant was determined to change that, and the Battle of the Wilderness proved it This chaotic struggle touched off the Overland Campaign, a brutal grind toward the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia Rather than retreat to lick its wounds, as Army of the Potomac usually did after a major battle, Grant ord...


  7. says:

    One of the most outstanding battle books I have ever read


  8. says:

    The Battle of the Wilderness is oft neglected in the popular history of the American Civil War and even in serious studies has not garnered the due it deserves Fought in the wild forest lands of Spotsylvania County and Orange County, Virginia, it ended in a deadlock without the Union forces retreating but without them gaining ground on General Robert E Lee s Army of Northern Virginia The Union build up of men and supplies prior to their first onslaught on the Confederates was one of the largest logistical tasks of the entire war and yet it did not ensure them the victory they presumed would be granted due to their greater might and firepower As this battle raged in wooded lands and not a traditional battlefield, there were a lot of minor skirmishes here and there and the greatest aspects of the Battle of the Wilderness really were writ small in the personal letters of the troops back to fathers, mothers, and girlfriends where they related the complex, often horrific, and fascinating warfare they d seen firsthand Gordon Rhea, an experienced Civil War author and historian collected these smaller tales with care and places them together within a comprehensive account of the overall story of of the Battle of the Wilderness He tells us of this battle with uncommon verve and candor, really bringing it alive The maps are as good as you d expect from an author highly concerned with the tactics at hand, and the leading generals and ot...


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    I have heard of Gordon Rhea s Overland Campaign tetralogy for years and with a lecture coming up about the campaign it was time to finally read them.I was quite pleased to find the first book this one lives up to the hype This is a very detailed and well written account of the two days of fighting in the Wilderness accompanied by good maps It gives sufficient attention to both the common soldiers experience and the decisions by the commanders Rhea also seems to be a pretty fair writer without particular bias towards Union or Confederate, or for against any particular generals.I would have appreciated a little background on the lead up to the campaign the reorganization of the AotP from 5 corps to 3 , why Burnside and the IX Corps were involved, why the Union cavalry ended up commanded mostly by generals without prior cavalry experience Sheridan, Wilson, Torbert While this would have been stretchin...


  10. says:

    The Battle of the Wilderness is widely viewed as a draw Although the Union Army suffered 50% casualties, Grant, recently appointed as the commander and chief of the Union Army, showed a new aggressiveness which initiated the end game for the civil war This is the definitive reference on the Battle of the Wilderness complete with extensive references Gordon Rhea makes a special point to compare the memoirs of many participants to get a balanced viewpoint on each decision and account of events His analysis of the significance of the battle to each side and the decisions of each side is especially noteworthy Lee, Grant, and Meade were all subject to critical analysis Lee made several decisions during the battle which pu...