War of the Rebellion: Serial 067 Introduction

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Vol. 36 Introduction - Serial 67

U.S. Grant had been promoted to command all US forces for 1864. He took his position with the Army of the Potomac, and started heading south in May. Lee was waiting, hoping to beat Grant, disorganize the Union forces and have them waste the rest of the campaigning season. Grant barely won the Battle of the Wilderness, was indeed disorganized, but recognized that if his situation wasn't great, Lee's was in rough shape too. So Grant kept plugging. He fought at Spotsylvania Courthouse; he fought along the North Anna River, along the Rapidan, the Pamunkey, the Totopotomoy. He constantly pushed to find Lee's flank, heading east, where he could be supplied by the US Navy. Eventually he switched his base of supply from Washington, D.C. to the James River, and also tried one last time to break through Lee's forces. It was an obscure crossroads called Cold Harbor, and it would be a bloody and futile day that would haunt Grant's career.
These three volumes tell the story of Grant's confrontation with Lee, and also the Bermuda Hundred campaign by the clumsy political general Benjamin Butler.

This volume contains the reports for the whole "Overland Campaign" of 1864, from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. Grant, Meade, Lee, Hancock, Gibbon, Longstreet, Richard Anderson, John Gordon all figure largely.



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