Union Troops on the Brock Road

Illustration of Union Troops along the Brock Road - Battle of the Wilderness

May 1864

 

The Battle of the Wilderness, fought in early May 1864, was one of the largest and most important battles of the Civil War. It marked the first clash between legendary Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. The battle also initiated Grant’s famous “Overland Campaign” that exhausted both armies and took the Union forces to the gates of Richmond.

 

For two days, bloody fighting raged along the Orange Turnpike (present day Route 20) and the Orange Plank Road. More than 160,000 men were engaged in the struggle at the Wilderness. The see-saw battle culminated in attacks that first had the Confederate Army, then their Union counterparts, teetering on the edge of destruction. When the guns fell silent on the evening of May 6, nearly 29,000 Americans had been killed, wounded or captured.

 

 

Walmart is looking to build a 141,000 square foot Supercenter next to The Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Virginia. This big box store, and all the additional development and traffic that will come with it, will undoubtedly put The Wilderness battlefield at great risk. For more on how you can help stop this from happening please visit our website: www.civilwar.org/walmart08

 

 

 

Illustration: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

 

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