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About the Book: As the May 1864 Overland Campaign shifted from the Wilderness toward Spotsylvania Court House, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee successfully bottlenecked the Federal army just outside the village. Undeterred, Union commander Ulysses S. Grant sent part of his forces on a wide flanking maneuver to attack Confederates from east. Lee scrambled to block them.
Thus the Civil War came to the property now known as Stevenson Ridge.
Traces of the Bloody Struggle: The Civil War at Stevenson Ridge, Spotsylvania Court House tells the story of Spotsylvania’s forgotten front: the fighting along the Fredericksburg Road. During the two-week battle, three-fourths of he Union army occupied and crossed over Stevenson Ridge as Grant looked for ways to break Lee’s defenses.
Today, Stevenson Ridge is one of the most historic properties in Spotsylvania County. Extensive earthworks crisscross the landscape. Stories abound. Traces of the struggle remain everywhere.
Chris Mackowski, Ph.D, is the historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge. He is a writing professor at St. Boneventure University and editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War.