Battle of the Wilderness

The Battle of the Wilderness pitted General Ulysses S. Grant against General Robert E. Lee and was fought May 5–7, 1864. Ask questions here about this major US Civil War battle.

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Where is the grave of Kunta Kinte in Spotsylvania County Virginia?

Where is kunta Kinte buried

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Did the North or the South have the advantage in the Battle of the Wilderness?

I'm not sure what you mean by the advantage, but the Battle of the Wilderness was a tactical Confederate victory. The Federals were outmanoeuvered and their flanks were rolled up, and they lost 18000 men to the south's 8000.

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Why was the Battle of the Wilderness important?

The battle at the Wilderness was important because it was the first battle fought between Grant and Lee, and the first of a series of "total war" attacks by Grant in an attempt to destroy all Confederate military forces and economic structures. It also terribly disoriented both armies due to the high number of casualties (about 17% of either side). Neither side really won the battle, but the North did get a slight upper hand in the end. This battle made the "right flank" of the Confederate Army apparent, and was ultimately was symbolic of the end of the Confederate Sates and the end of Lee's victories in the Civil War, or the "War of Northern Aggression" as the south called it.

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Why was the battle of the wilderness significant?

The battle started the ball rolling for the entire wilderness campaign/ grant's entire offensive. it was also the first stand between Grant and Lee. They then became known as the fathers of the wilderness campaign.ANSWER.

It was the start of Grant's Overland Campaign, which culminated with the fall of Richmond and Lee's surrender at Appomattox.

The battle was significant for itself because Grant, aware of the stalemate in which both armies were after three days of fighting, at the night of May 7, 1864 "snap decided" to silently abandon his positions, marching southward towards Richmond.

Thus, in order to cover the Confederate Capital and prevent Grant from interpose the Army of the Potomac between the Army of Northern Virginia and the city, Lee was compelled to hastily follow and precede the Union Army. By so doing Lee was

losing his freedom of movement and getting more and more to be subject on Grant's strategic initiative as the further battles of the campaign would have demonstrated.

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Who was the leader of the battle and the wilderness?

Major General George Gordon Meade was the nominal commander of the Federal Army of the Potomac with Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant actually directing the fight. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was led by General Robert E. Lee.

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Could a very small youth-sized jacket that appears to be made of wool with a red lining and green pocket and collar trim and Wilderness Campaign buttons on it be from the Civil War period?

Very well could be. Wilderness was in 5/5/1864 where Generals Lee and Grant duked it out with 170,000 soldiers.

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How many soldiers were wounded or killed in the Battle of the Wilderness?

The Union casualties were: 14 823 wounded and dead.

The Confederate casualties were: about 8 000 wounded and dead.

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Who won the battle in the wilderness?

Lee won a tactical victory, forcing Grant to abandon his lines and move to the east of Lee.

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What time did the Battle of Shiloh start?

I don't think anyone knows the exact time it occurred at, but they do know a few things:

The date: April 6-7, 1862

The location: Hardin County, Tennessee

The result of the war: Union victory

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Did brothers and cousins fight against each other in the Civil War?

I can't cite a reference for you, but the answer is Yes.

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What was battle of the wilderness about?

It was the opening battle in Grant's Overland campaign against Lee in May 1864.

Grant was hoping to fight in open country, where he could use his advantage in artillery. But Lee decided to pounce at once, when they were in thick woodland, which caught fire, suffocating large numbers.

The Union were defeated, but did not retreat. They followed Lee and eventually cornered him at Petersburg, where they besieged him for ten months until he simply ran out of manpower and supplies.

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Who were the generals of the wilderness battle?

Ulyssus S. Grant vs. Robert E. Lee

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Union leader at the battle the wilderness?

Ulysses Grant was the commander of Union forces in the Wilderness with George G. Meade at the head of the Army of the Potomac.

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How can you become a wilderness survivor?

go out to the wilderness without food or water and stay there for a week or two. If you survive you are a wilderness survivor. Wilderness Survival...http://www.wilderness-survival.net Study all you can from the experts in books, manuals, videos, TV, and the internet. Start a list of tips by subject like: food, water, shelter, fire, navigation, safety, medical

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How many confederate soldiers died at the battle of the wilderness?

11,400 confederate soldiers and 18,400 northern soldiers

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Is the battle of the Wilderness and the battle of todd's tavern the same?

Todd's Tavern was a cavalry fight on May 4, 1864 and was one battle of the entire Battle in the Wilderness.

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Who won of the battle of wilderness?

Lee won it - but Grant did not retreat, and hung on to Lee's tail. This raised Union morale, and almost represented a kind of victory in itself.

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What was important about the wilderness battle?

Grant was defeated but did not retreat. He continued to force the fighting.

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What year was Battle in the Wilderness?

The year the Wilderness battles occurred was 1864.

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What caused the battle of Fort Wilderness?

Benjamin Martin's raid on Fort Wilderness:

Throughout the film beginning in the opening narration, references are made to Benjamin Martin's actions in the French and Indian War from his opening narration to the South Carolina Assembly to Major Jean Villeneuve's angry responses to Martin's authority. Benjamin refused to answer his son Thomas when questioned about it. Later in the film, Benjamin is finally ready to tell Gabriel what happened at Fort Wilderness:

"The French and Cherokee had raided along the Blue Ridge. The English settlers had sought refuge at Fort Charles. By the time we got there, the fort was abandoned. They'd left about a week before. But what we found was... They'd killed all the settlers, the men. With the women and some of the children they had... We buried them all, what was left of them.

"We caught up with them at Fort Wilderness. We took our time. We cut them apart slowly, piece by piece. I can see their faces. I can still hear their screams. All but two. We let them live. We placed the heads on a pallet and sent them back with the two that lived toFort Ambercon. The eyes, tongues, fingers, we put in baskets; sent them down theAsheulot to the Cherokee. Soon after, the Cherokee broke their treaty with the French. That's how we justified it. We were heroes."

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1. The only Fort Wilderness to have existed is at Disney World.

2. Fort Charles is actually in Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica.

3. Fort Ambercon never existed.

4. The Asheulot River is in New Hampshire.

FACTS:

In 1759, tensions between the British and their Cherokee Indian allies boiled over and the Indians began attacking frontier settlements in the Blue Ridge region of Virginia and in the Carolinas. In early 1760, they began a siege of Fort Loudoun (located in what is now Tennessee), which ended in a massacre of British soldiers when the British did not keep the agreed terms of surrender. The South Carolina militia responded with a campaign in whichFrancis Marion participated. They mainly destroyed Indian villages and burned crops to starve the Cherokees into surrendering.

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What caused the battle at Fort Donelson?

The Battle at Fort Donelson was caused by the decision of general Albert Sydney Johnston "to give battle at Fort Donelson in order to prevent the Union forces from seizing Nashville".

It was a wrong decision as the fall of Fort Henry (February 6th, 1862) had demonstrated the impossibility of blocking the rivers by means of isolated fortifications.

The Confederate Commander would have better done springing upon Grant's army, forcing him to fight in open field.

Instead, all the mobile units which were ordered to garrison the trap of Fort Donelson were sooner or later condemned to surrender or to be annihilated by the besieging enemy who also had the control of Cumberland river.

It was, though in a different degree of comparison, the same story and fate occurred to Pemberton's army at Vicksburg in 1863.

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Where was the wilderness battle fought?

It was fought in both Spotsylvania and Orange Counties in north eastern Virginia

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What is an fact about the Battle of The Wilderness?

Even though the War had been going on for just over 3 years at this point, it was the very first time that Lee and Grant had faced each other in battle.

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Where did the battle of the wilderness happen?

Spotsylvania County and Orange County, Virginia The Battle lasted from May 5 - 7 1864.

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What general was involved in the battle of the wilderness?

For the Union, General Ulysses S. Grant and George G. Meade. For the Confederate States of America, there was Robert E. Lee.

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