his march; and accordingly put his columns in motion southward, aiming to clear the Wilderness
and concentrate his army on the high, open ground around Spottsylvania C. H. The only serious conflict this day was an indecisive one near Todd
's store, between four brigades of our cavalry and a like force of J. E. B. Stuart
's, with a loss about 250 on either side.
attacked, and failed to achieve any advantage, Sheridan
claimed the result as a triumph.
Our losses in this terrible struggle in the Wilderness
were nearly 20,000 men, of whom some 6,000 were taken prisoners.
Our loss in officers was heavy.
The country's salvation claimed no nobler sacrifice than that of Gen. James S. Wadsworth
, of New York.
Born to affluence and social distinction, already past the age of military service, he had volunteered in 1861, under the impulse of a sense of duty alone.
As an aid of Gen. McDowell
, he was conspicuously useful at Bull Run
; accustomed to every luxury, lie had courted, ever since, the hardships and perils of the field; made the Republican
candidate for Governor in 1862 by an overwhelming majority, he could not have failed to be elected, could those have voted who, like himself, were absent from the State
at the call of their country ; and, though he peremptorily declined, his fellow citizens, had he lived, would have insisted on electing him Governor in 1864. Thousands of the unnamed and unknown have evinced as fervid and pure a patriotism, but no one surrendered more for his country's sake, or gave his life more joyfully for her deliverance, than did James S. Wadsworth
Among our wounded in this contest were Gens. Hancock
, and Carroll
Of the Rebel
killed, the most conspicuous were Maj.-Gen. Sam. Jones
and Brig.-Gen. Albert G. Jenkins
Among their wounded were Gens. Longstreet
(disabled for months), Stafford
, and Hunter
Doubtless, their aggregate losses were much less than ours, especially in prisoners; but they were nevertheless severe, as they were estimated by themselves at 8,000.
, starting at 9 P. M. of the 7th, preceded by cavalry, emerged1
from the Wilderness
's farm, where the Brock
road crosses the little river Po; but he had been detained by the obstruction of his roads by the enemy, and by the cavalry fight in his front, so that Longstreet
's corps had arrived before him, and taken post across the little river Ny, with his guns planted on the ridge beyond, to sweep our columns as they advanced.
After a mutual cannonade, Robinson
's overmatched division was advanced to the assault, but repulsed; Robinson
being severely wounded.
Later in the day, when part of the 6th corps had come up, the assault was renewed, Griffin
's division taking part; when the enemy were driven back, with a loss of 1,500.
Ours was judged to be less.
's brigade of Hancock
's corps was attacked this day at Corbyn
's bridge, but beat off its assailants.
, with our advance cavalry, penetrated to Spottsylvania Court House; but, being unsupported, was compelled to retire.