“Battle of the Wilderness” Civil War Conversation

May 14, 2014 - 12:15pm - 12:45pm
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Josie Butler
159 Horseshoe Rd.
(855) 649-1861 x203
(434) 352-5791

Every second Wednesday of the month, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park are partnering to bring the Civil War Sesquicentennial to Appomattox. Each month, a knowledgable speaker will lead a discussion on a topic or event's 150th anniversary. The talks take place at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox.

The Battle of the Wilderness, fought on May 5-7, 1864, may have been an inconclusive battle, it is noted for two very important firsts. One, it was the first battle in which Gen. R. E. Lee fought against Gen. U. S. Grant. Grant was a very different opponent than the other Union Generals against whom Lee had fought. Lee’s goal remained the same – win a battle from which a lasting peace could be brokered. Grant’s goal, on the other hand, was to destroy Lee’s famed Army of Northern Virginia. He felt this was the only way the war could be ended. So at the end of this encounter, instead of turning back north toward Washington, D. C. as the other Union Generals had done, Grant moved south toward Spotsylvania Courthouse, not giving Lee time to regroup, rest or heal from the battle. Thus began the drawn out offensive that became known as the Overland Campaign. Join Chris Bingham of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park for this lunchtime talk. 

Admission is free, but does not include entrance to the Museum's exhibits.