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Overland.08: We Will Fight Here
Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, Major General George Meade, and the Army of the Potomac have spent the night in the fabled Wilderness. What could go wrong?
Overland Season 1 - Episode 8
In This Episode
It’s dawn on May 5th, 1864 — Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, Major General George Meade, and the Army of the Potomac have spent the night in the fabled WILDERNESS. Now, as the morning sun rises on a new day, what started as an easy march out of the thickets quickly spins out of control after a series of unexpected enemy surprises.
“My pickets report nothing new from the enemy this morning.”
— Brig.Gen. Wilson’s Scouting Report Regarding Orange Plank Road from Parker’s Store sent to Maj.Gen. Meade at 5:00 AM, May 5th, 1864
“An unconfirmed report placed enemy soldiers on the Orange Turnpike. Concluding that Griffin probably faced an inconsequential rebel diversionary force. […] I have no intention of modifying my corps’ movements.”
— Maj.Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, Commander, US Army V Corps
“If they want to fight here, then we will fight here!”
— Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
“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
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