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History of 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.


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

History of AMERICAN MARCHLANDS

In the 1840s, America was still in the process of finding its way westward.  As settlers pushed restlessly toward California, the idea of the Manifest Destiny of the United States to rule the continent at the forefront of their thoughts, they came into constant contact and conflict with not only the Native tribes already there, but also with the Mexican Government.  The history of the era AMERICAN MARCHLANDS is set in is as vast and confusing and as it is varied and deep.  A few good books to get you started are:

THE YEAR OF DECISION 1846 by Bernard DeVoto

BLACK HAWK: THE BATTLE FOR THE HEAR OF AMERICA BY Kerry A Trask

DONIPHAN'S EPIC MARCH: THE 1ST MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS IN THE MEXICAN WAR by Joseph C Dawson III

THE OREGON TRAIL by Francis Parkman

For additional information about the Battle of the Wilderness please utilize the following links:

Civil War Preservation Trust: Battle of The Wilderness 

Civil War Preservation Trust video Battle of the Wilderness: Saunders Field 

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