Wilderness Battlefield

George Gordon Meade

ALTHOUGH THE Wilderness yielded no clear winner, both sides emerged from the fighting feeling optimistic. Tactically, the Confederates could claim victory. Lee had inflicted heavy losses on the Union army and had twice turned Grant's flanks. Strategically, however, Grant held the upper hand, He not only retained the initiative, but he had also reduced the Confederate army by twenty percent-soldiers whom Lee could not readily replace.
"...In the long run, we ought to succeed, because it is in our power more promptly to fill the gaps in men and material which this constant fighting produces"
George Gordon Meade
Union soldiers wounded in the Wilderness were taken to Fredericksburg, where they rested before being sent to hospitals in the North. These men were just some of the 12,000 Northern soldiers wounded in battle.

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