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About The Battle of the Wilderness

The American Civil War Battle of the Wilderness was fought on May 5 and 6, 1864 in the Wilderness of Spotsylvania Country, Virginia.  The battle marked the opening of what would become known as the Overland Campaign and was the first clash between the pre-eminent generals of either side: Robert E. Lee for the  Confederates and Ulysses S. Grant for the Union.

Grant’s overall plan for the campaign was to strike hard for Richmond to draw Lee’s forces out in such a manner that the far superior numbers of the Union Army could be brought to bear against them.  To this end, he set the army in motion across the Rapidan River and into the Wilderness with the hopes of getting through the dark and tangled woods as fast as possible to meet the Confederates on more open ground of his choosing.  Lee, with typical prescience and speed, threw his army into the Wilderness and into Grant’s, knowing that—outnumbered and ragged as they were—their best chance of bloodying the Union juggernaut was to use those thickets to their advantage.

The Civil War remembrances of Abel Truman in Wilderness: A Novel treat, in part, with the opening clash of this opening campaign in a little place of cleared land known as Saunders’ Field.

For additonal information about the Battle of the Wilderness please see the following websites:

Civil War Trust-Wilderness 2010

Civil War Preservation Trust


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Lance's Favorite Authors (in no particular order)

Cormac Mc Carthy

 William Faulkner

  Larry Brown

  Don DeLillo

  Robert E Howard

  Edgar Rice Burroughs

  Stan Lee

  John Steinbeck

  Ernest Hemingway 

 Shelby Foote

Lance Is Reading

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The Names of the Stars (ARC) by Pete Fromm

Hystopia by David Means

  The Annotated Alice by Louis Carroll

 Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858

Abraham Lincoln The Prairie Years (Volume 2) by

Carl Sandburg

  Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation by 

Franklin and Schweninger

 Freedom National by James Oakes


Lance's Favorite Books

(also in no particular order)

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Light in August by William Faulkner

  Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

  Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

  2666 by Roberto Bolano

  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

  Fantastic Four #48-50 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby  

  From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

In the Fall by Jeffrey Lent