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Battle of Spotsylvania

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Mercedes Tomey

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Battle Of Spotsylvania Main Ideas: Leaders/people
-dates and location
Aspects Ulysses S. Grant John Sedgwick Robert E. Lee Ulysses S. Grant: 1822-1885
Union General
18Th U.S. president(young)
Aggressive and Determined leader Robert E. Lee: 1807-1870
Confederate General
Virginia John Sedgwick: 1813-1864
Union General
Teacher Battle Spotsylvania County, Virginia United States vs. CSA May 8th-May 21th May 7th: Lee was ready May 8th: Both Sides positioned May 9th-10th: Union attacked, repelled May 11th: Lee takes cannons from Mule Shoe May 12th(my birthday): Union attacks May 13th-May 16th: Faught May 18th: Union attack May 19th: Failed reconnaissance May 21st: Union disengages Outcome: Inconclusive Afterlife: Cold War Aspects To get to Richmond People: 100,000 Union casualties 52,000 Confederate casualties Then vs. Now Toiletries Weapons Medical kit May 19th: Failed to reconnaissance Leaders: Mercedes Tomey
Mrs. Spencer
United States History
12 Dec 12

Battle of Spotsylvania

The battle of Spotsylvania was a short , two week battle. On May 7, 1864, after disengaging from the battle of the wilderness, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant led his army of about one hundred thousand soldiers southeastward, attempting to take the crossroads at the Spotsylvania court house. Going against about fifty-two thousand confederates led by Gen. Robert E. Lee. This was Grant's second major battle in his 1864 overland campaign.

On the 7th of May, Lee had a feeling Grant would try going to the Spotsylvania court house. Lee then sent some of his men out to spy or keep watch for Grant and his army while he positioned his line of men. Lee, being clever, had fencing and trenches and positioned his men in a shape of a horseshoe/U facing Grant’s army. This horseshoe/U shape wall was then known as the “bloody angle.” During combat, soldiers would often huddle into a group on each side of the fence just a few yards apart.

On the 9th of May, after getting to the courthouse, Grant attacked the front line. Unfortunately he failed, causing some of his men to parish. Grant then tried this tactic another time on the 12th of May, but with more soldiers. Once again, Grant was unsuccessful. The battle continued as any other, until the 18th of May. Grant, with the confederate men he captured, attempted to reconnaissance. With no information being told, Grant was once again, unsuccessful. On the 21st of May Grant decided to disengage from the battle and move southeastward to Richmond. Grant, this time being and thinking smart, sent men east, to mislead Lee. Which he then again, failed at doing. "Battle of Spotsylvania Court House." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2012.

http://www.history.com/topics/battle-of-spotsylvania-court-house Murray, Aaron R., ed. Cival War Battles and Leaders. New York: DK, 2004. Print "Battle of Spotsylvania Court House." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Dec. 2012. Web. 17 Dec. 2012.
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