The losses had been appalling.
But Lee once again anticipated what Grant was going to do and took up a position behind the North Anna River, not many miles south of the Spotsylvania battlefield. In the Shenandoah Valley Franz Sigel was ordered to advance down the valley, preventing supplies and reinforcements from reaching Lee.
Delaying made no sense — more time would only give the Rebels a chance to bring up reinforcements. The American Battlefield Trust and our members have saved more than 50,000 acres in 24 states! That the military vote put Lincoln into a second term holds my fascination also as those soldiers in the AOP had just been through one helluva year.
The attack was finished in less than an hour.
We strive for accuracy and fairness. Lee, however, saw no alternative to attacking, as retreating would inevitably result in the destruction or investiture of his army. Wilson, his least experienced general heading his smallest division. That gap between the two pieces of the Confederate army was potentially disastrous for Lee. Lee won a tactical victory, inflicting 17,000 casualties while only suffering 7,500. It was always a matter of time, such that it was the North's war to lose, as not so much the South's war to win.
The next good defensive position was the North Anna River, 25 miles away, and Lee started his army in that direction.
There are a huge number of Federals in my front. Grant and Lee were about as evenly matched in military talent as any two opposing generals have ever been. The Northern public was beginning to question Grant. This was the purpose of the move to Spotsylvania and the race towards the North Anna River.
Atlanta Campaign. James H. The appointment of U.
Stalemated once again, the hostile armies stared across at one another, pressed cheek-to-jowl south of the river. I'm sure Japan and Germany also lost because of the superior resources of the United States, not the skill of our leadership or the courage of our fighting men.
Started by Legion Para Dec 22, 2018 Replies: While the two armies faced off behind formidable earthworks, a simmering feud between Meade and Sheridan erupted into open warfare, with serious consequences for the campaign. Lee had never faced a foe that was as relentless as Grant who seemed to absorb terrible blows but stayed on the move.
Lee Colonel May 17, 2014.