Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield

GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE'S fame had readied almost mythic proportions by 1864. For two years he had successfully defended Virginia against a series of Union commanders, despite chronic shortages in men and supplies. Growing odds had not dimmed the Southern soldiers' confidence in their leader. "No one can excite their enthusiasm as he does," wrote one man.
Respect came harder for Lee's opponent, General Ulysses S. Grant. Despite success in the West, many soldiers in the Army of the Potomac doubted that fie could mulch Lee. The Battle of the Wilderness erased those concerns. As Grant led the army south to Spotsylvania, chewing soldiers lined the route. One week later, a man wrote: "Grant has done nobly . .., and everybody talks in the highest praise of him."
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