|AT SPOTSYLVANIA Court House, the art and horror of trench warfare reached new levels. Faced with Grant's superior numbers, the Confederates constructed a line of earthworks six miles long - from the Po River on the left to a point beyond Spotsylvania Court House on the right. The Federals dug in too, their line paralleling the Confederates', about 400 yards away.
"I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer,"
General Ulysses S. Grant, USA
By the time the armies left Spotsylvania, they had been fighting, digging, and maneuvering for more than two weeks - sometimes in stifling heat, at other times in knee-high mud. They were hungry, dirty, and above all exhausted. Many men fell out of the ranks from fatigue; others plodded on, nearly senseless from lack of sleep. Tired of killing, tired of marching, tired of simply being tired, soldiers on both sides could only wonder, "... will this wail of woe that rises from the bloody battlefields never cease?"
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