Ulysses S. Grant, Union Commander in the Battle of the Wilderness. Getty Images The 10 Bloodiest Battles of the Civil War: Battle of the Wilderness - This battle took place in Virginia between May 5-7, 1864. It resulted in 25,416 casualties. The confederacy won this battle.
None can narrate that strife in the pines,A seal is on it – Sabaean lore!Obscure as the wood, the entangled rhymeBut hints at the maze of war –Vivid glimpses or livid through peopled gloom, And fires which creep and char –A riddle of death, of which the slainSole solvers are. –Herman Melville, “The Armies of the Wilderness" Image: Skulls remaining on the field and trees destroyed at the Battle of the Wilderness, 1864, Virginia. Source: Wikipedia.
ca. 1864, [carte de visite portrait of Henry O. Nightingale], JNO Holyland Metropolitan Gallery An abolitionist, Nightingale joined the Northern army at the start of the Civil War in 1861. In 1862 he joined the 108th New York Infantry Regiment. He fought in a dozen battles, including Gettysburg, and was promoted to corporal on March 1, 1864.