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Ulysses S. Grant versus Robert E. Lee: A Confederate army under Lee forces a Union general under Grant to do battle in the wilderness – literally rough, shrubby terrain. Which side is more willing and capable of accepting casualties in this attritional contest? .
The real significance of this battle is how the Federal high command, specifically Grant, kept their resolve to defeat the Confederacy. Instead of viewing this battle as a setback, Grant could view it as a victory because he furthered his strategic goal to advance south. Davis bleakly sums the battle’s significance up in this way:
Lee’s men would not fight again. Their sacrifice had decided little. Lee could not stop Grant, and Grant could not yet destroy Lee. The final decision would have to wait for other fields. The Wilderness, in the end, like the ground that hosted the battle, was just a tangled, confused, and painful stopping place along the way. (1991: 209)
This is another one of those battles that has been scheduled for quite some time and just kept getting delayed by the many other great battles. Admittedly, I should have animated an American Civil War battle much sooner and that this battle is no the most interesting of that conflict. Why not Gettysburg? Chattanooga? Vicksburg? Antietam? The reason is quite simple: my friends over at www.historyanimated.com have a solid section for the American Civil War (take a look at the bottom of this page for the link) and I wanted to avoid overlap as much as possible. As much as possible. Mr. Cagney does cover the Battle of the Wilderness in his “Grant’s Overland Campaign” animation but it is naturally not covered as extensively as his other single battle animations. Other instances, the battle fits too well with the season that I animate it anyways. Cowpens is coming soon to both of our sites while Brandywine and Okinawa will eventually be featured on both as well.
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