Total War: March to September 1864

Lee on the Defensive

What was fighting in the Wilderness like?

Both the newspaper reports of that time and the historians ever since have had a difficult time describing the horrors of the Battle of the Wilderness. They were created by the terrain and the quality of desperation that was growing in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Grant’s Wilderness (or Overland) campaign was fought through many parts of Virginia during the spring of 1864. Grant’s strategy to hit Lee at his strongest points was daring and costly, but punching into the heart of the Confederate army resulted in a strategic advantage for the North, which overran Richmond and Petersburg.


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