The Killing Ground: Wilderness to Cold Harbor (Civil War)
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Time Life Education (June 1986)
Sat on a bank of the Rapidan River at Germanna Ford and watched the Federal V and VI Corps cross on newly floated pontoon bridges. "How strange it would be," he wondered in his diary, "if each who was destined to fall in man the campaign Mine Run. Next across the Rapidan was VI Corps, Major General John Sedgwick in command. who Sedgwick, tent, also wearily felt as though six months had passed. On that first day Major Abner R. Small of the 16th Maine recalled marching through note in.
Crossroads, Grant was still whittling and smoking. when told of Hancock's reversal, his quiet response had been to throw more Earlier, troops into the melee. "Feeding the fight," his staff called it. In early afternoon, Grant scheduled a co- An avid young warrior who first distinguished himself in the fighting around Richmond in 1862, Brigadier General Micah Jenkins welcomed the chance to assault Hancock's Federals on May 6, assuring a fellow officer as they rode forward: "We shall smash.
Currents and clambered up slippery slopes to gain a foothold on the south bank. 141 1J1 Floating placidly on the North Anna, these two pontoon bridges were built as substitutes for a railroad bridge burned by retreating Confederates. Three brigades from II Corps crossed these spans on May 24, then retraced their steps two days later after finding the way blocked by Lee's defenses. 142 Federal troops man trenches protect- on the river's north bank. Heavy rains on the 25th made the men.
Cost. In the pro- man who acknowledged an apology of sorts to his staff. "more than any one I ever ordered." Thereafter, recalled Horace Porter, Grant said very little his attention instead to about turning it, "consummating his plans for the future." There was much At Cold Harbor Grant lost five men to Lee's one, and his fourth major thrust toward Richmond had been halted. With his way blocked and with no further room for maneuver against Richmond, he decided to withdraw.
Took the ankle-deep mud and cold rain slowed their An November advance. There were other frustrations. ply trains engineering unit miscalculated the Rapi- would carry 10 days' rations instead. But Lee was watchful. On the 24th, learning from a scout that up Meade had large quantities of rations, outposts. dan's width and built a pontoon bridge that after called Lee alerted his The next day Confederate cavalry clashed with advancing Federal troopers near Ely's Ford. signal.