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Spotsylvania Court House

May 8 - 21, 1864

Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Grant marched the Union army south with the hope of capturing Spotsylvania Court House. Lee's Confederates, however, managed to get ahead of the Federals and block the road. For the next two weeks, the two armies slugged it out in some of the fiercest fighting of the Civil War.
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Overland Campaign

Strategic Overview: Overland Campaign

Become familiar with the campaign that pitted Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the spring of 1864.

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Gordon Rhea

"The Overland Campaign of 1864: Dodging Bullets"

Historian Gordon Rhea analyzes the actions of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as they faced off in Virginia.

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