Ninth Corps, was also engaged.
On the pile, early in the morning of the 6th, were Rickett
's and Wright
's Divisions, Sixth Corps; in the afternoon, Rickett
's and the greater part of the Sixth Corps; Burnside
's Corps (Ninth), with the exception of Stephenson
's Division and Leasure
's Brigade, not engaged.
A body of troops, on the 6th, appeared in front of Wilcox
's Division, then between Ewell
and the Confederates
, on the plank road; a few shots from a battery was all that was used against them.
They were supposed to be of the Ninth Corps.
Such was the battle of the Wilderness
The impression has been made that the Federals
attacked the Confederates
in a position carefully selected.
The latter had no advantage of position, as it has been seen that the two armies fought where they met. On the plank road, the Confederates
had no cover, save that of the woods, until the 7th; the battle ceased on the 6th.
And this was common to the two armies.
It was different on this road with the Federals
On the old pike, the Federals
were covered by works; the Confederates
, if at all, slightly so. It would have shown but little enterprise on the part of the former, with their superiority of numbers, to have allowed the latter to intrench in their immediate presence.
It has been seen that the Confederates
acted — on the offensive in the battle as often as the Federals
If the latter attacked on the old pike and the plank road on the 5th, and renewed the attack on the morning of the 6th on the latter, the Confederates
began the battle of the 6th by attacking the enemy's right; and on the plank road, Longstreet
made a vigorous attack, and in the midst of success was wounded seriously.
Later in the day, the attack was renewed on the plank road, and intrenchments carried; and yet later, the Federal
The battle of the Wilderness
was a Confederate victory.
had crossed the Rapidan
below the right flank of General Lee
, and purposed to pass through the Wilderness
, and down the railroad to Richmond
He hoped to have a battle to the north of Richmond
, after having made his way through the Wilderness
was fearful the North
Anna-would be reached by the Confederates
and fortified, and was also anxious lest they would get back to Mine run
, ten miles in rear of where the Wilderness
battle was fought.
Having fought two days, General Grant
left General Lee
's front in the night of the 7th, and moved off by his left flank, and not in the direction proposed.
About nine A. M. on the 5th of May, Generals Grant
rode up to the old Wilderness tavern; this was the first