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"Spottsylvania, May 8th to 21st"
This is an original 1910 black and white lithographed map of the Battle of Spottsylvania Courthouse, fought from May 8th to the 21st in 1864, a major engagement in the Overland Campaign, commanded by Union General Ulysses S. Grant. After the Battle of the Wilderness, Grant broke military tradition by refusing to disengage from Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Disregarding standard military convention, and forsaking the habits of all of his predecessors, Grant regrouped his army and began immediately to maneuver his men southeast, in an attempt to get between Lee's army and the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. Sensing Grant's intentions, Lee quickly fell back to the crossroads town of Spottsylvania Courthouse. Before the Union Army of the Potomac was able to engage him, Lee ordered his men to dig an earthworks trench over 4 miles long, and forming a salient, known as the "Mule's Shoe", which extended over a mile and a half ahead of the rest of the defensive line. Grant decided the salient was the weakest point in the defensive line to attack, and over the course of several days, threw thousands of men into the Confederate trenches, including surprise morning attacks, but failing to make any progress. The heavy concentration of casualties in the Mule's Shoe salient earned it the infamous title of the "Bloody Angle". After several weeks, Grant decided to try once again to circumnavigate his army between Lee and Richmond, leaving Spottsylvania and nearly 20,000 casualties behind.
This 103+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note this item has an original portfolio crease. There is some light aging along the original crease.
Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of lithograph maps from 1910 that depict several of the major battles and military campaigns of the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War that was fought between 1861-1865. Including, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Carolinas campaign, the Mississippi River campaigns, Sherman's March to the Sea, and many more. These maps are in excellent condition and are perfect for framing. These pieces will certainly be of interest to American Civil War and military history buffs. To continue browsing this collection, simply click on the link provided beneath the condition paragraph.