The Wilderness Battlefield
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 19.053 W 077° 45.378
18S E 259029 N 4244644
Quick Description: The two most well-known generals of the Civil War met in battle for the first time at the Wilderness. It was the beginning of the 1984 Overland Campaign between Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen Ulysses S. Grant.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2011 5:31:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMBZQN
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 5

Long Description:
The Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864 was the beginning of the Overland Campaign. Gen. U. S. Grant took over command of the Army of the Potomac and joined Gen. Meade and the Union troops at WildernessClick for related waymark to open in new window. His plan was to launch an aggressive offensive against Gen. R. E. Lee and the Confederate army and bring the Civil War to an end. The fighting raged through the Wilderness, so named because of its dense, tangled woods, from May 5 - 6. Both sides were battered with no clear victory. Finally Gen. Grant, instead of ordering a retreat back across the Rapidan and Rappahannock Rivers to regroup, ordered the army south on to Richmond. The armies would clash again at Spotsylvania Court HouseClick for related waymark to open in new window.

The Wilderness Battlefield is a part of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park which is on the Civil War TrailsClick for link to open in new window network. The posted coordinates are to the exhibit shelter on Constitution Hwy. (Rt. 20) in Locust Grove. A driving tour or walking tour takes you to key locations such as Saunders Field, Ellwood, Higgerson's Farm, Widow Tapp's Farm, and Brock Rd/Plank Rd. There are historical markers, maps, monuments, and other informational displays posted along the route. (Hint: A search for nearest waymarks will show many of the related sites.)

The Park and battlefields are open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.


Type of site: Battlefield

Wilderness Exhibit Shelter
VA 20 and Hill-Ewell Drive
Locust Grove, VA USA

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
To reach an exhibit shelter on the Wilderness Battlefield, from I-95 take exit 130 (Route 3) west for approximately eleven miles. Turn left at the traffic light at the intersection with Route 20. Proceed two miles. The shelter is on the right. It is an open air shelter without water or rest rooms.

Phone Number: Not listed

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