Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia (May 5-7, 1864) Our ancestor, James Young Miller, died a few days after fighting in the Battle of the Wilderness, the first battle between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. James fought under Grant. We also have more ancestors that fought here.
None can narrate that strife in the pines,A seal is on it – Sabaean lore!Obscure as the wood, the entangled rhymeBut hints at the maze of war –Vivid glimpses or livid through peopled gloom, And fires which creep and char –A riddle of death, of which the slainSole solvers are. –Herman Melville, “The Armies of the Wilderness" Image: Skulls remaining on the field and trees destroyed at the Battle of the Wilderness, 1864, Virginia. Source: Wikipedia.
This picture was taken in 1864, and shows soldiers wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. It is interesting to see how far battlefield medicine has come in the last 140 years. These men did not even have the comfort of a tent, but had only the shelter of a tree.
Abraham Lincoln "Not in a Sentimental Mood" on Battle of the Wilderness