After Gettysburg, Lee's army retreated into Virginia. Meade's Union Army followed them but suffered delays. In mid-September, Meade occupied Culpeper and Lee reached the Rapidan River. Then two Union corps had to leave for Chattanooga after Rosecrans was defeated at Chickamauga. Lee moved northward in October but was stopped at Bristoe Station (Virginia).
Lee moved southward again, followed and attacked by Union forces, notably at Kelly's Ford where two Confederate regiment were captured. Fighting took place at Mine Run (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 1863). Winter came and the Confederate Army camped with shortages of food, blankets, and other supplies.
In Spring of 1864, Longstreet's Corps rejoined Lee and Grant came east as General-in-Chief of Union forces. On May 2, Lee looked out from the observation post at Clark's Mountain and observed the Union Army coming. The armies met at a tangled forest of thickets called the Wilderness.
The group pictures were taken in 1996, landscapes are from 2004 and 2005.
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|Stopping at Mine Run||Major rivers were crossed at Fords||Kelly's Ford|
|View from Clark Mountain|
|Site of Robinson's Tavern||Wilderness Campaign Sign||Gordon's Flank Attack Trail||Visiting Wilderness Battlefield|
Overview: The Overland Campaign
Also in 1864: The Battle of New Market
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