June 15, 1864: Assault on Petersburg Begins

Generals Lee and Grant were two of the finest generals in American history.  However, they both had off days, and few episodes in the Civil War cast both of these men in a poorer light than the failure of the

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June 12, 1864: Grant’s Crossing of the James Begins

After the attack on Lee’s Cold Harbor line was bloodily defeated on June 3, Grant realized that trying to bull his way through Lee’s fortified line was useless.  As he had throughout the Overland Campaign Grant decided to move again

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June 3, 1864: Cold Harbor-Not War But Murder

And, after that, the chunky man from the West, Stranger to you, not one of the men you loved As you loved McClellan, a rider with a hard bit, Takes you and uses you as you could be used, Wasting

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June 1, 1864: Initial Assaults at Cold Harbor

As May 1864 faded into June, Grant’s Overland Campaign was clearly headed for some sort of climax.  Grant had forced Lee back to the outskirts of Richmond. With Lee’s lines along,  and south east of, Totopotomoy  Creek being too strong

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May 30, 1864: Battle of Totopotomoy Creek

Lee realized that he was reaching a limit to how he could respond to Grant’s continual movement to the southeast.  Protecting Richmond was nailing his army in place, depriving it of the ability to maneuver as Grant used his superior

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May 26-28, 1864: Movement From the North Anna

Grant, after the fruitless skirmishing on the North Anna, decided to resume his drive by once again heading east and south, around Lee’s left, the same type of movement he had been making since the outset of this campaign.  However, he had

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May 21, 1864: The Movement to the North Anna Begins

    Extricating himself from the Spotsylvania battlefield, Grant moved southeast, with Lee moving to keep ahead of him, ultimately stopping Grant with defensive lines south of the North Anna river and north of Hanover Junction.  Grant was now just

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May 18, 1864: Final Attacks at Spotsylvania

  You see him standing, Reading a map, unperturbed, under heavy fire. You do not cheer him as the recruits might cheer But you say “Ulysses doesn’t scare worth a darn. Ulysses is all right.  He can finish the job.”

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May 16, 1864: Second Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

 “It seems but little better than murder to give important commands to such men as [Nathaniel P.] Banks, [Benjamin F.] Butler, [John A.] McClernand, [Franz] Sigel, and Lew. Wallace, and yet it seems impossible to prevent it.” General Henry W.

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May 12, 1864: The Bloody Angle

After his attacks on May 10, 1864, Grant used May 11 as a planning day.  Impressed by the initial success of Upton’s charge on May 10, 1864, Grant decided to use Upton’s tactics of a swift attack along a narrow front,

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May 10, 1864: Upton’s Charge at Spotsylvania

Something for the weekend.  Marching on to Richmond sung by Bobby Horton who has waged a one man crusade to bring Civil War music to modern audiences.  The song was written by E. W. Locke in 1862 and was always

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May 8, 1864: The Battle of Spotsylvania Begins

Grant, undaunted by his losses at the battle of the Wilderness, sent his army racing down Brock Road on the night of May 7-8 to seize the crossroads of Spotsylvania Court House and get between Lee and Richmond. Lee was

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May 7, 1864: Grant Wins the War

Grant has come East to take up his last command And the grand command of the armies.                                     It is five years Since he sat, with a glass, by the stove in a country store, A stumpy, mute man in

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May 6, 1864: Battle of the Wilderness-Second Day

      ..”Attention Texas Brigade” was rung upon the morning air, by Gen. Gregg, “the eyes of General Lee are upon you, forward, march.” Scarce had we moved a step, when Gen. Lee, in front of the whole command,

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May 5, 1864: The Battle of the Wilderness Begins

If you take a flat map And move wooden blocks upon it strategically, The thing looks well, the blocks behave as they should. The science of war is moving live men like blocks. And getting the blocks into place at

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Into the Wilderness

All the planning and preparation was done, and on May 4, 1864 Grant headed the Army of the Potomac south.  He had approximately 120,000 men to Lee’s 65,000.  Crossing the  Rapidan , Grant wanted his army to march quickly through

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Virginia’s Bloody Soil

Something for the weekend.  Virginia’s Bloody Soil sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.  One hundred and fifty years ago the Battle of the Wilderness was to be fought in two days, the opening act in Grant’s Overland Campaign which would see

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