Template:On this day/May 5

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May 5:

  • 1864Civil War: Fist day of the Battle of the Wilderness (May 5-6) which pitted Grant's army of 101,000 soldiers against Lee’s 61,000 men. Part of Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign against the Confederate army of Northern Virginia that ultimately, after many weeks, forced General Robert E. Lee’s men back to the defenses at Richmond. This vicious engagement resulted in 26,000 casualties and marked Grant's first step toward Appomattox.