“Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Grant marched the Union army south with the hope of capturing Spotsylvania Court House. Lee’s Confederates, however, managed to get ahead of the Federals and block the road. For the next two weeks, the two armies slugged it out in some of the fiercest fighting of the Civil War. ” The battle is known for its prolonged and intense hand-to-hand combat at what came to be known as the “Bloody Angle” at the Mule Shoe, a Confederate line that projected into the enemy territory. Losses were heavy on both sides with no clear victor.
Each major Civil War battle fought in Virginia has a section on the CWT website with battle maps, battle facts, articles, historical resources, and more.
“The Civil War Trust is the largest and most effective nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Through educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives, the Trust seeks to inform the public about the vital role these battlefields played in determining the course of our nation’s history.”