Battle-field of the "Wilderness" Views in the woods in the Federal lines on north side of Orange Plank Road.

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The Battle of the Wilderness was the first major battle in Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign. Between May 5 and 7, 1864, the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General George Meade, engaged the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, in a tangled area of dense forest and undergrowth in east-central Virginia, locally known as the Wilderness. Although both sides suffered heavy casualties, the battle was tactically inconclusive; neither army could claim a major victory. The battle ended when Grant ordered Meade to disengage, to march his army around Lee's lines, and to forge farther into Confederate territory.  

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Creator Photographed by a member of the field staff organized by M. B. Brady and possibly by George N. Barnard.
Medium Black and White Photograph
Source Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Collection Civil War Photograph Collection
Number LC-DIG-ppmsca-23673
Copyright Public Domain
Disclaimer Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. There is no known restriction on the publication of this image.

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