About This Image
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.
Source and Copyright
|Photographed by a member of the field staff organized by M. B. Brady and possibly by George N. Barnard.
|Black and White Photograph
|Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
|Civil War Photograph Collection
|Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. There is no known restriction on the publication of this image.