the Wilderness and Spotsylvania
[on the night of May 3, the Army of the Potomac started across the Rapidan
into the Wilderness
did not molest them, for, knowing every inch of that difficult country, he expected to trap them when the Union Army
got into the woods.
's letters for the first ten days are short, hasty notes from the front.
By the middle of the month he finds time to write a detailed account of events in the lulls between the battles about Spotsylvania Court House, where Grant
, finding he could not force his way through the Wilderness
, had manoeuvred the army by a flank movement to the left.]