Overland Campaign

The Overland Campaign was part of the American Civil War and lasted from May 4th to June 9th, 1864. Union general-in-chief U.S. Grant traveled with George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac, while the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was commanded by General Robert E. Lee. The four largest battles of the war were the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, the North Anna River, and Cold Harbor. ...more

The Killing Ground: Wilderness to Cold Harbor
No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign, from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May 4 - June 13, 1864
If It Takes All Summer: The Battle of Spotsylvania
To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13-25, 1864
Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864
The Battle of the Wilderness May 5-6, 1864
Nowhere to Run: The Wilderness, May 4th and 5th, 1864
Bloody Roads South: The Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May-June 1864
The Wilderness Campaign
Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864
On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864
The Maps of the Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, Including All Cavalry Operations, May 2-6, 1864
Glory Enough for All: Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station
The Wilderness Campaign: May 1864
Victory Without Triumph: The Wilderness, May 6th and 7th, 1864

Jeff Shaara
The word began to filter down the lines, and the grumbling stopped, there was something new about this march, something these men had never been a part of before. If the fight in the Wilderness had not gone their way—the most optimistic called it a draw—they were not doing what this army had always done before, they were not going back above the river. If they had never said much about Grant, had never thought him any different from the ones who had come before, if they had become so used to the ...more
Jeff Shaara, The Last Full Measure

Jay Winik
In the thirty days since Grant had first fired upon Lee in the Wilderness, his Army of the Potomac had lost 50,000 men. That same army had lost only twice that—100,000—in all the previous three years of war. A good many of his finest and bravest had fallen; far many more—another 100,000 alone in just that year—had refused to reenlist. Lincoln, stunned, soon pronounced that the “heavens are hung in black.” Across the North, Grants critics only raised their voices further and included the first la ...more
Jay Winik, April 1865: The Month That Saved America

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