150th Battle of the Wilderness

“I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.”

-General Ulysses S. Grant

 

The Army of the Potomac was once again making its annual push “on to Richmond”. The same ground of Chancellorsville stood to drink the fallen heroes’ blood. Robert E. Lee still waited, determined to beat back the Federal foes. What would make this time any different than the previous attempts?

Two months earlier Lincoln promoted a man to lieutenant general, a rank not held since George Washington. This man had been unsuccessful in almost everything he tried; farmer, clerk, bill collector, real estate, selling wood, all were failures. It was only until he tried his hand at modern war did Ulysses S. Grant succeed. Now in May 1864 Grant would accompany the Army of the Potomac on a mission to finally end the bloody conflict that had started three years before. For the first time the Union army would march south, fight, and instead of retreating, continue onward. Finally the North had an opponent worthy of General Lee.

 

Last weekend Addie, Mason, and I went to a reenactment commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness. This was the first time General Grant and Lee faced each other in battle. For three days 101,895 Union and 61,025 Confederates engaged in intense combat in a tangled, thick, brush-choked area of land fittingly known as “the Wilderness”.

The reenactment was held in the same place as Chancellorsville was last year. On Friday we were able to visit the Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania battlefields again. We also met up with our friends from the Mumford reenactment and Addie and Mason had a great time playing with the kids. I was worried that we might get cold, but Virginia is much warmer than New York! All-in-all it was the perfect start to the reenacting season!

Addie & Mason
Addie & Mason (in their new coats!)

Wilderness 2b

Wilderness 3b

Part of our group: Mr. John, Mr. Doug, Me, Sgt. Clarence, Jimmy, Mason, & Addie
Part of our group at the Chancellor House: Mr. John, Mr. Doug, Me, Sgt. Clarence, Jimmy, Mason, & Addie
Mr. John, one of our soldiers and often times tour guide
Mr. John, one of our soldiers and often times tour guide
The Chancellor's house gave the battle of Chancellorsville its name. All that remains today is the foundation.
The Chancellor’s house gave the battle of Chancellorsville its name. All that remains today is the foundation and part of the front steps.

Wilderness 7

Wilderness 8

Wilderness 9

Catherine's Furnace then
Catherine’s Furnace then (photo from Spotsylvania Memory)
Catherine's Furnace today
Catherine’s Furnace now
Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove

Wilderness 14

Mason riding a limber box
Mason riding on a limber box

Wilderness 12

Addie loved these compasses that oriented you on the battlefields
Addie loved these compasses that oriented you on the battlefields
Mason and I reading Bivouac of the Dead, chilling poem.
Mason and I reading Bivouac of the Dead by Theodore O’Hara, a very chilling poem!
Cannon at the Bloody Angle
Cannon at the Bloody Angle

Wilderness 16

Wilderness 19

Our Bucktails!
Our Bucktails!

Wilderness 21

The whole gang
The whole gang
Marching off to fight
Marching off to fight
One of the hairstyles I tried on Addie
One of the hairstyles I tried on Addie
Another 'do for Addie
Another ‘do for Addie
Dinner cooking
Dinner cooking
Mason tuckered out (he's actually faking here)
Mason tuckered out
The kids' "pet"
The kids’ “pet”. Better than the ticks we brought home!
Two of our guys were promoted to corporal, so I had to sew on some "chevrons"
Two of our guys were promoted to corporal, so I had to sew on some “chevrons”
Foxy's highly official promotion ceremony, complete with beef jerky! :)
Foxy’s highly official promotion ceremony 🙂
Mason having fun
Mason having fun
Sunset the last night
Sunset the last night

 

-The Farming Daughter

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2 thoughts on “150th Battle of the Wilderness

  1. Looked wonderful! How many turned out? Photo’s were great. Looked like Emily took some, but I’m sure she wasn’t at that one. Nice to see the snow gone. Love and hugs

    Aunt Carole and Uncle Pooge

    • Thank you! I’ve been trying to study Em and improve my photography skills :). Yeah, she didn’t go, but I wish she could have! I don’t know how many reenactors were there, but there were probably around 3,000.

      -The Farming Daughter

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