But on the second line Hancock
was checked and partly driven back.
It was a day of fierce fighting on both sides.
In this single battle Grant
lost 8,000 men. For the short campaign filled with charges and blood his loss was 37,000.
In killed and wounded, as well as captured, the Louisiana
troops lost heavily.
Among the killed was the gallant Col. John M. Williams
, of the Second regiment, distinguished as the successor of General Nicholls
; Captain Rice
, of the Montgomery Guards, First Louisiana, was grievously wounded and left for dead on the field.
renewed his pounding on the 18th, and on the 19th Ewell
, making a long detour, fell on the Federal
right, but found the enemy prepared, and lost nearly 1,000 of his 6,000 men. Next day the remnant of Edward Johnson
's division, in which the Louisianians still maintained the forms of their brigade organizations, was coupled with John B. Gordon
's brigade to form a division afterward led by that gallant Georgian.
's hammer; with his tremendous preponderance in men and guns; with all that capacity at will to push a corps against a regiment, Grant
was from day to day growing in knowledge of the power which lay in the military genius of R. E. Lee
During all his Wilderness
fights he had accomplished nothing but attrition.
Tough was the grain of the army of Northern Virginia—as tough as its mighty heart was sound.
That army had heard of Grant
and what the West
knew of him. It was rather disposed unjustly to underrate his strength of resolution, and to make light of those marked staying qualities of his, which were such potential aids to his army's fighting strength.
knew how to fight, to give and to take blows.
What is more, he knew how to stay in the fight when once begun.
An army easily trusts such a captain as this.
Never did Lee
manifest in so conclusive a manner his gift of prevision as in foreseeing Grant
's plans, and in