Small victories at Wilderness battlefield

  Earlier this month on a balmy Sunday I visited Wilderness battlefield, scene of one of the most horrific battles ever fought.One hundred forty-five years ago, the armies of Gens. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee clashed in the dense forests and underbrush along a five-mile front. It ended in a bloody stalemate, with neither side gaining clear advantage.

The May 5-6 battle included the last significant Confederate assault of the Civil War, as Gen. James Longstreet’s corps mounted a brilliant flank attack on the Union left that nearly rolled up Gen. Hancock’s federals.

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