Commander of the Union Army, Ulysses S. Grant wanted to take over the capital, and the leader of the Confederate army, Robert E. Lee wanted to protect the capital.
In May 1864, Ulysses Grant went to the capital with his men. He was attacked by Robert Lee.
Lee had 3 corps, 61,000 soldiers, and 8,000 horses. Grant had 4 corps, 118,000 soldiers and 12,000 horses.
By the end of the battle, losses were stupendous. Each army lost about 17% of its strength.
The Battle of the wilderness impacted the civil war because the confederate side successfully protected their capital.
Ulysses S. Grant
Born in Pleasant Point, Ohio on April 27, 1822.
He served 2 years In Missouri and Louissiana before joining general Zachary Taylor's army in Texas.
He was a general in chief of the Union forces.
Grant set in motion the strategy designed to destroy Lee's army of Northern Virginia
After a Failed number of occupations, he returned to Illinois.
After he returned to Illinois, he decided to run for office as a republican general in 1868. He won the election, and was signed president of the United States.
He was reelected 4 years later, which caused the nation to fall into The Great Depression.
He later died on July 23rd, 1885.
Robert E. Lee
Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia.
He commanded the army of North Virginia, in the Battle of the Wilderness.
He won the battle, and successfully protected his Capitol.
Some other battles he was in include The Mexican American War, The battle of Gettysburg, and The Surrender at Appomattox.
Lee was one one of the best tacticians in American history.
Quotes by Robert E. Lee
"I have fought against the people of the Nprth because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day when I did not pray for them."
"It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow to fond of it."