Determination in The Wilderness
The Battle of the Wilderness, the opening battle of U.S. Grant's Overland Campaign, was not going well for the Union army. The Army of Northern Virginia's tenacious stand in the dense thickets of the Wilderness had bloodied a Union foe accustomed to facing defeat in this very region. But unlike 1862 or 1863, matters would be different in 1864. Ulysses S. Grant, the hero of the West, brought a new, gritty determination to the Army of the Potomac. Rather than retreating back across the Rapidan and Rappahannock, Grant ordered his cheering Federal army to the south, towards Richmond and Petersburg, and ultimately to victory at Appomattox Courthouse.
Now we have the chance to save the very ground where Grant made his headquarters at the Battle of the Wilderness. A terrific match from the Commonwealth of Virginia will make it possible for us to save this historic ground and to further our own determined campaign to complete the preservation of the Wilderness Battlefield.
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