t army had cut from the Rapidan to the Chickahominy, had been strewn with the bodies of thousands of brave men, the majority of them wearing the Union blue.
No great or substantial success had been achieved at any point.
The fighting in the Wilderness had told heavily against us, as it must necessarily against an assaulting army in such a country.
A gleam of victory had come when the selected column of the Sixth Corps, under Russell and Upton, carried the works near Spotsylvania on the 10th of May.
Upton was promoted the next day by telegraph to be brigadier-general — an honor he had more than once deserved.--M. T. McM. I Failure elsewhere and conflicting orders had led to the abandonment of the works and the guns, and about one thousand prisoners remained as the sole fruits of the success.
On the 12th, at the Bloody Angle, Hancock had inspired the army with new hope, taking there also four thousand prisoners by a brilliant dash, but the slaughter that followed in holding the w