It’s noon on May 5th, 1864…
… The Army of the Potomac has captured the Brock Road Intersection with Orange Plank Road, has discovered Confederate cavalry probing their left flank along the Catharpin Road, and now must deal with the growing threat of Rebels digging in along the Orange Turnpike. After waiting for hours for Meade to stop talking about attacking, and actually attack, Grant has had enough. But will he intervene in time to win his first battle against Lee?
“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
“The only time I ever feel impatient is when I give an order for an important movement of troops in the presence of the enemy and am waiting for them to reach their destination. Then the minutes seem like hours.”
— Grant’s comment to Porter, from Hell Itself by Chris Mackowski
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