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Overland.10: Bad Intelligence
Discover the fate of Harry Wilson's cavalry division and why it was absent and miles away during the opening hours of the Battle of the Wilderness (Part I).
Overland Season 1 - Episode 10
In This Episode
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’s last message to Maj.Gen Meade, 5:00 AM, May 5th, 1864
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