May-June 1864: In the Battle of the Wilderness, both sides fight in the dense forest West of Fredericksburg. The South’s army is battered under constant attacks from Grant’s forces. General Grant then decides to make a bold an unusual move: to move further South toward Richmond, in an attempt to get Gen. Lee to follow him. What follows is the Battle of Spotsylvania, where fighting lasts eleven continuous days. Both sides lose almost half their strength as a result of those two battles.
- This indicator was designed to encourage inquiry into the continuities and changes of the experiences of marginalized groups such as African Americans, Native Americans and women, as the U.S. expanded westward and grappled with the development of new states.