Friday, May 6, 2011

Charging the Swamp (Battle of the Wilderness)

From All For the Union, The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes
May 6, 1864 (Battle of the Wilderness)
. . . . Our brigade charged into the swamp six times, and each time were driven out.  Darkness again put an end to the fighting, and we lay down amid the dead and wounded.  During the night the brush caught fire, and many of the wounded burned to death.  . . .
 Wounded escaping from the burning woods of the Wilderness by Alfred R. Waud
From Library of Congress Collection

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