It’s noon on May 5th, 1864…
… Greenhorn cavalry officer Brigadier General James Harrison “Harry” Wilson started the Overland Campaign with high expectations. Now, after a series of tactical shortcomings and conflicting orders, his actions have allowed rebel forces to approach the Union army almost undetected. To make matters worse, Wilson’s entire cavalry division — over 3,000 men and horses — are missing. No one has seen or heard from Wilson since 5:00 AM. With the Orange Plank Road now engulfed by an endless column of Confederate infantry, Grant and Meade are desperate to know: Where the hell is Harry Wilson’s Cavalry Division?
“My pickets report nothing new from the enemy this morning.”
— Brig.Gen. James Harrison Wilson last message to Maj.Gen Meade, 5:00AM, May 5th, 1864
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