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IUt( If i^) May 12: Federals overrun die ^^ GenJ^erate salient in a massive dawn assault'f^jnap right)

(q\ May 12: Confederates counterattack, ^ leading to intense hand-io-li<uicl_action at the "Bloody Angle" (see map

May 12: Wright's VI Corps reinforces the ^ battle at the "Bloody Angle"

May 12: Burñside's IX.Corps Mes to support the Federal -attack' but is ílanked ^ and falls back

Grant's veterans cheer their general en route to Spotsylvania Court House (left). The expression of confidence was not welcomed by Grant who stated, "this is most unfortunate. The sound will reach the ears o f the enemy, and I fear it may reveal our movement k on the his promotion i's men were ks with a il H- ^ * ? Â v ¡% f : mm " ; fm f ï ■ *j.

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In the Wilderness, Union troops clear trees and undergrowth in an attempt to increase the effectiveness o f their guns against any attempted Confederate assault (above).

A Maine infantryman describing combat conditions in the Wilderness.

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In the Wilderness, Union troops clear trees and undergrowth in an attempt to increase the effectiveness o f their guns against any attempted Confederate assault (above).

The confusion was indescribable; it was a struggle at close quarters, a hand-to-hand conflict, resembling a mob... The air was filled with., shouts, cheers, commands, oaths, the sharp report of rifles, the hissing shot, dull, heavy thuds of clubbed muskets, the swish of swords and sabres, groans and prayers."

A Maine infantryman describing combat conditions in the Wilderness.

The struggle for the salient, May 12 (below). Following the example set by Emory Upton, Winfield S. Hancock charged the salient and succeeded in cutting Lee's army in two. At the moment of crisis Lee himself arrived on the battlefield and actually attempted to lead the Confederate counterattack himself. Though prevented by his staff, the general's example inspired his men and John B. Gordon successfully repulsed the Federals.

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