A Recap of the Overland Campaign’s 155th

Overland Campaign 155th

Photo courtesy the American Battlefield Trust (and Phill Greenwalt’s really long arms)

One hundred fifty-five years ago, Ulysses S. Grant sat on the doorstep of Richmond, trying to figure out his next step now that Robert E. Lee had stymied him once again. The Overland Campaign was about to shift into a new phase that would eventually take the armies south of the James River and toward Petersburg, the “Cockade City.”

ECW spent a lot of time in May tracing the paths of the armies through the opening phases of the Overland Campaign. We brought you coverage via our YouTube page and in cooperation with our partners at the American Battlefield Trust in a series of Facebook LIVE videos. In case you missed any of the action, we’ve pulled together a recap.

FYI, if you don’t have a Facebook page, you can still watch the Facebook LIVE videos. They run anywhere between 20-55 minutes and feature full casts. The ECW YouTube videos run under ten minutes each. (And if you haven’t checked out ECW’s YouTube page, you’ve been missing out. Subscribe now.) Our thanks to the Trust for the chance to work with them again!

Wilderness

May 5: Germanna Ford—Opening the Overland Campaign (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 5: Wilderness Tavern (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 5: Saunders Field (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 5: Saunders Field, Part II (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 6: Widow Tapp Field (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 6: The Wounding of James Longstreet (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 6: Fighting Along the Plank Road (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 7: Brock Road/Plank Road Intersection—”The Turning Point of the Civil War”

Spotsylvania Court House

May 10: The Death of Brig. Gen. Thomas Greely Stevenson

May 12: Federal assaults on the Mule Shoe (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 12: The Bloody Angle (in historically accurate weather!)

May 14: Myer’s Hill (with NewsTalk 1230 AM Fredericksburg)

May 15: The First Combat of the USCT against the ANV

May 16: Securing the Fredericksburg Road

May 18: Engineering Over Infantry

May 19: Harris Farm

May 20: The Eastern Front and Stevenson Ridge

North Anna River

May 21: The Federal Advance to the North Anna River

May 22: The Confederate Advance to the North Anna River

May 23: Carmel Church (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 23: Fox House (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 23: Henagan’s Redoubt

May 23: Jericho Mill (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 24: Lee’s Inverted “V”

May 25: Strike Them a Blow—Lee as the “indispensable man” of the Confederacy

May 25: Ox Ford (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

Cold Harbor

May 26: Shifting to Cold Harbor, from the Shelton House (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

May 27: Crossing the Pamunkey (following the ECWS book No Turning Back)

May 28: Haw’s Shop

May 29: Totopotomoy Creek

May 31: On Location: Pole Green Church

June 1: Old Cold Harbor (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

June 3: Cold Harbor (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

June 3: Newly Preserved land at Fletcher’s Redoubt (Facebook LIVE with the American Battlefield Trust)

June 3: Grant’s Assaults at Cold Harbor

 

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