Battle of the Wilderness

Battle of the Wilderness

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  • Battle of the Wilderness
  • May 5-7, 1864 Total Casualties-29,800 Union Casualties-18,000 Confederate Casualties-11,400
  • Who
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Why
  • The Battle of the Wilderness was fought from May 5-7 in 1864.  There were many deaths in this war all together 29,800 lives were lost.  Out of the 101,895 troops the Union had 18,000 died and out of the 61,025 troops the Confederates had there was 11,400 deaths.  This was the 5th costliest land battle of the Civil War.
  • What
  • Robert E. Lee was the leader for the Confederates most of the war.  He was did not believe in slavery but believed in fighting for his home land.  Him and Ulysses S. Grant both went to West Point together. Grant was the Union leader that fought in The Battle of the Wilderness.  Lee and Grant were very good strategist and were not afraid to attack.
  • Where
  • The had the fight in a dense forest, locally called the wilderness.  Both sides tried to maneuver and make attacks but it was hard doing that while in the forest.  The fighting was fierce for both sides.  When the fighting slowed down a little they both sent reinforcements to go rushing in.
  • Results
  • General Robert E. Lee and his troops had to fall back to their defences.  The stood there ground at the defences in Orange County Virginia.  The fighting of this war only took three days. It took a short amount of time but was a very deadly battle of the Civil War.
  • The Battle of the Wilderness took place in Orange County, Virginia.  Orange County is on the South's and the North invaded to attack.  Most of the fighting on farmland or in the woods.  Orange County is still home to a very important battle to this day.
  • Orange County, Virginia
  • In the Battle of the Wilderness there was no declared winner.  Both sides in the war lost many people.  The South lost 11,400 and the North lost 18,000.  I think it was a really big battle for both sides because if the South won they would have a lot more courage.
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