Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of the Wilderness
Wilderness Exhibit Shelter
—East Wall —
The Army of the Potomac
Throughout the winter of 1863-1864, the armies rested and refitted on opposites sides of the Rapidan River. The ranks of the Union army swelled with thousands of new draftees and recruits - soldiers whose commitment to the cause many questioned.
"Never in a war...did the rank and file feel a more resolute earnestness for a just cause, and a more invincible determination to succeed...."
Wilbur Fisk, 2nd Vermont Infantry, April 7, 1864
Commander: Major General George Gordon Meade
Strength: 120,000 men and 275 cannon
The Army of Northern Virginia
The Confederates struggled to keep their existing regiments full. In the Wilderness they would bring to the battle 13,000 fewer men than they had fielded at Gettysburg the year before.
"The troops are all in excellent spirits, and eager for the fray. Gen. Grant's glory will soon vanish away, and his great name buried along with those of his unfortunate predecessors."
Samuel Clyde, 2nd South Carolina Infantry, April 28, 1864
Commander: General Robert E. Lee
Strength: 60,000 men and 226 cannon
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
Location. 38° Click for map. Located at stop two of the driving tour of Wilderness Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clash on the Orange Turnpike (here, next to this marker); Struggle on the Orange Plank Road (here, next to this marker); The Fighting Ends in Stalemate (here, next to this marker); Collision of Giants (here, next to this marker); The Wilderness (a few steps from this marker); Saunders Field (a few steps from this marker); Gordon Flank Attack Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); First Blood in Saunders Field (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. This panel contains two maps showing positions of the armies during the fighting on May 5 and May 6, 1864.
Regarding Battle of the Wilderness. Fifty-nine historical markers detail the Battle of the Wilderness. For ease of navigation, these are broken down into related sets based on the Park tour stops and proximity to battlefield landmarks. Links (starting with number 2) for the separate "virtual tours by markers" are included in listed below.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of the Wilderness. National Park Service site.
2. Wilderness Battlefield - Federal Rear virtual tour by markers.
3. Virtual tour of the Gordon Flank Attack Trail by markers.
4. Wilderness Battlefield - Hill-Ewell Drive virtual tour by markers.
5. Wilderness Battlefield - Widow Tapp Fields virtual tour by markers.
6. Wilderness Battlefield - Brock Road/Orange Plank Road Intersection virtual tour by markers.
7. Wilderness Battlefield Preservation Efforts. The Wilderness battlefield has been in the news recently due to proposed development adjacent to the National Park. This Civil War Preservation Trust site details not only the preservation issues, but provides outstanding resources (maps and documents) regarding the battle itself.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,452 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.