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Collection Number Ms2010-037
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Processed by: Josh Howard, Special Collections Staff
Collection is open to research.
Permission to publish from the Battle of the Wilderness Narrative must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Battle of the Wilderness Narrative, Ms2010-037, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
The Battle of the Wilderness Narrative was purchased by Special Collections in March 2010.
Alternate Form Available
A transcript of the narrative is available in the folder with the original.
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Battle of the Wilderness Narrative commenced and was completed in June 2010.
The author of the narrative is an unidentified person identifying himself as a Union
soldier in General Hancocks 2
The partial narrative describes the Union experience in the Wilderness campaign from May 3 through May 6, 1864. The narrative describes how the author's Corps received orders from Major General Meade ordering them to march south towards battle in Virginia. The experience of the march towards the battle and descriptions of the first skirmishes in the battle are also detailed.
The II Corps actual strength at the beginning of the fight was 46,363 with 28,854 present for duty. The author cites the force as "40,000 soldiers all in line ready for the march."
While the author of the narrative is unknown, the information within it is consistent with the II Corps movements on the days written about. Based on casualty records, there existed at least 27,000 Union soldiers who could potentially be the author.
The collection is arranged by material type.