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The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5–6, 1864
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Fought in a tangled forest fringing the south bank of the Rapidan River, the Battle of the Wilderness marked the initial engagement in the climactic months of the Civil War in Virginia, and the first encounter between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. In an exciting narrative, Gordon C. Rhea provides the consummate recounting of that conflict of May 5 and 6, 1864, which ended with high casualties on both sides but no clear victor. With its balanced analysis of events and people, command structures and strategies, The Battle of the Wilderness is operational history as it should be written.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. I: MAY 2–3, 1864 Lee and Grant Make Their Plans
  2. pp. 8-59
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  1. II: MAY 4 The Armies Maneuver for Position
  2. pp. 60-93
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  1. III: MAY 5, MORNING: Lee and Grant Find Surprise and Opportunity
  2. pp. 94-144
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  1. IV: MAY 5, AFTERNOON: The Grand Offensive Breaks Down [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 145-221
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  1. V: MAY 5, EVENING: Grant Strives for a Coordinated Assault
  2. pp. 222-282
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  1. VI: MAY 6, MORNING: The Tide Shifts
  2. pp. 283-350
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  1. VII: MAY 6, MIDDAY: Lee Struggles to Retain the Initiative
  2. pp. 351-403
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  1. VIII: MAY 6, EVENING: The Armies Reach Stalemate
  2. pp. 404-452
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  1. Appendix: The Order of Battle
  2. pp. 453-470
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 471-489
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 491-512
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