Osprey Publishing CAM267 Wilderness and Spotsylvania 1864

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In May 1864 the Union Army of the Potomac under General George Meade had
been in a leisurely pursuit of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia for
nearly a year after the defeat of the Rebels at Gettysburg. Confederate
commander General Robert E. Lee still retained his awe-inspiring reputation
for wrecking Union armies that got too close to Richmond and Meade was still
cautious. His tactics at Gettysburg were defensive and he was unsure that he
was able to take the offensive against Lee. However, things changed when
President Abraham Lincoln appointed General Ulysses S. Grant to command all
Union armies. Grant came east and laid out a comprehensive strategy for the
rest of the war. In the deep South, General William T. Sherman would march
out of Tennessee to cut the Confederacy in half by taking Atlanta. Grant
would lead the Army of the Potomac across the Rapidan River and march on
Richmond. He had the manpower and equipment to accomplish his objective,
easily outnumbering Lee. Lee, on the other hand, was far from beaten. The
stage was set for one of the defining campaigns of the Civil War in the


Andy Nunez is the author of four books about life and lore on Maryland's
Eastern Shore and co-authored two local history books for History Press and
Arcadia. He has been the editor of Against the Odds wargaming magazine since
issue 5. Against the Odds won a Charles S. Roberts award four years in a row
for best magazine and several games have won awards for best design. Andy
lives in Salisbury, Maryland, has a Bachelor's Degree in Art, is married,
and has one child and three stepchildren. He has had a keen interest in the
American Civil War since he was a child.Peter Dennis was born in 1950.
Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied
illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to
hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many
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Nottinghamshire, UK.


Origins of the campaign


Opposing commanders

Opposing armies

Orders of battle

Opposing plans

The campaign


The battlefields today

Further reading


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