THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC crossed the Rapid™ River on May -1.1864, and engaged Leo's army in the region known as the Wilderness, when two days of fighting failed to produce victory Grant ordered a night march to Spotsylvania Court House. "My object in moving to Spotsylvania .. .." he wrote, was "to get between Lee's army and Richmond if possible and if not, to draw him into The open field."
Lee, however, anticipated Grant's move. Starting late on May 7, General Richard H. Anderson rushed his corps to Spotsylvania by a parallel route, arriving just minutes ahead of the Union column.
The armies clashed on a low ridge known as Laurel Hill about 600 yards southwest of you. Stalemate gave time for the rest of Lee's army to arrive. That night both sides started digging. Two weeks of trench warfare followed.
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