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A Bloody Start: The Battle of the Wilderness

The Battle of the Wilderness was fought May 5-7, 1864, and was the opening battle of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign.

ZEBULON YORK...Born Oct 10, 1819 Avon, Maine Died Aug 5, 1900 age 80 Natchez, MS Allegiance Confederate States of America Service/branch Confederate States Army Years of service 1861–65 Rank Brigadier General Battles/wars American Civil War Peninsula Campaign Second Battle of Bull Run Battle of Antietam Battle of Fredericksburg Gettysburg Campaign Bristoe Campaign Mine Run Campaign Battle of the Wilderness Battle of Spotsylvania Court House Valley Campaigns of 1864

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.