CIVIL WAR - WILDERNESS
by: angelica easter
The army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River. They were near the edge of the Wilderness of Spotsylvania. In Spotsylavnia County and Orange County in central Virginia.
# OF TROOPS
For the Confederate Army there were 65,000 troops
For the Union Army there were 120,000 troops
This battle was actually a draw. It could be called a tactical win for the Confederate Army, but a strategic win for the Union Army.
This started the war of attrition where the Union Army eventually wore down the Confederate Army. This will eventually lead to the downfall of the Confederate Army.
The Union Commanders: General George Meade, General Winfield Hancock, General Gouverneur Warren, General John Sedgwick, General Ambrose Burnside, and General Phillip Sheridan.
The Confederate Commanders: General James Longstreet, General Richard Ewell, General A.P. Hill, and General J.E.B. Stuart.
The Union Casualties: 17,500 men dead or wounded
The Confederate Casualties: 7,000 men dead or wounded