Battle of the Wilderness and Longstreet’s Counterattack

Here’s Kristopher White giving us a really good presentation on the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness as part of the 2016 Emerging Civil War Symposium.

The video’s description reads, “Kristopher White talked about Confederate General James Longstreet’s counterattack during the May 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in northern Virginia. Mr. White described the aims of both the Union and Confederate armies at the start of the fighting and the impact of the battle on landscape. He also argued that General Longstreet’s wounding during this battle greatly affected Confederate command for the rest of the war.”

https://www.c-span.org/video/?413642-2/battle-wilderness-longstreets-counterattack

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One comment

  1. very nice presentation. there are a couple of minor quibbles:

    The armies in the winter of 1864 were *not* in ‘very similar positions’ as in the winter of 1863.

    Hooker’s army was spread over Stafford county from Falmouth up to Aquia creek with Lee across the river at Fredericksburg and downstream.

    Grant/Meade’s army was way northwest in Warrenton and Culpeper with Lee spread from Orange court house down to Gordonsville.

    Second, I don’t recall ever hearing that Grant planned to cross the Rapidan and then move to Orange CH, which requires a 90 degree turn from the actual line of march.

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