Kyle Bondo starts to explore the first critical events of the Battle of the Wilderness as the Army of the Potomac discovers rebel forces that threaten to cut their army in half.

War Yankee – Overland

Overland.09: Defiant Blue Knot


It’s the mid-morning of May 5th, 1864 — The Army of the Potomac has now discovered two massive rebel forces forming on both sides of Warren’s 5th Corps still stung out over 5-miles within the tangles of The Wilderness. Now, as new intelligence arrives, they are becoming painfully aware that General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia has launched a counter-crossing attack along the Orange Turnpike AND the Orange Plank Roads. As Meade falls back into his old Eastern Army habits by going on defense, will Grant be able to finally push the Army of the Potomac into an aggressive Federal position?


“What had begun as a hopeful morning’s march was rapidly taking an ugly, familiar turn. Once again, the Union high command had underestimated Lee’s audacity.”
— Gordon Rhea, Battle of the Wilderness

“If [this] is what Meade meant by attacking ‘at once’, as he said he would at 7:30 AM [it’s now after 10:00 AM] no wonder Lee was running circles around him.”
— Gordon Rhea, Battle of the Wilderness

— Maj.Gen George Getty, Running to Brock Road Intersection, May 5th, 1864

“We must hold this point at any risk — Our men will soon be up!”
— Maj.Gen George Getty, Arriving at the Brock Road Intersection, May 5th, 1864

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Written by : Kyle Bondo

Kyle Bondo is a US Navy veteran, podcaster, and amateur historian from Fredericksburg, Virginia. War Yankee - Overland is his first American Civil War podcast that follows Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign from May-June 1864. Visit for more tales of woe from Kyle!