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les in the Wilderness
Wreckage of trees and men, as they fell in the dense forest — victims of the month's advance that cost 40,000 Union dead and wounded
Ulysses S. Grant: General-in-chief of the Federal army in 1865.
born 1822; West Point 1843; died 1885.
Robert E. Lee: General-in-chief of the Confederate army in 1865.
born 1807; West Point 1829; died 1870.
Grant's first move against Lee: advance of the army of the Potomac, May 5, 1864: pontoons at Germanna ford on the West Point 1829; died 1870.
Grant's first move against Lee: advance of the army of the Potomac, May 5, 1864: pontoons at Germanna ford on the Rapidan beginning the simultaneous movement to end the war
The gleaming bayonets that lead the winding wagons mark the first lunge of one champion against another — the Federal military arm stretching forth to begin the continuous hammering which Grant had declared was to be his policy.
By heavy and repeated blows he had vanquished Pemberton, Bragg, and every Southern general that had opposed him. Soon he was to be face to face with Lee's magnificent veterans, and here above all other places