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"It's all a damned mess! And our two armies ain't nothing but howling mobs!"
- A captured Confederate private gave this description of the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864.


Ulysses S. Grant on the evening of the first day of the battle of the Wilderness, when told that Lee would surely deliver a devastating counterattack: “Oh, I am heartily sick of hearing what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think that he is going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

"Battle be damned. It ain't no battle, it's a worse riot than Chickamauga! At Chickamauga there was at least a rear, but here there ain't neither front nor rear. It's all a damned mess! And our two armies ain't nothing but howling mobs."
        - A Confederate describes a Wilderness battle


 

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