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From Wilderness to Petersburg

Union Casualties: 18,400
Confederate Casualties: 11,400

Statistical Source: NPW

From Wilderness to Petersburg
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From the Wilderness to Petersburg: Beginning on the old Chancellorsville battlefield on May 5, 1864, and continuing without a break for the six bloodiest weeks of the war, Grant tried again and again to get around the right flank of Lee's army, destroy it, then move on Richmond and end the war. And again and again, Lee saw what he was trying to do and managed to thwart him. The struggle continued along a hundred-mile crescent before two exhausted armies settled in for a siege at Petersburg, southeast of the Confederate capital.

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