On this day in the Civil War, the Battle of Spotsylvania becomes one of the bloodiest days of the war. A Federal soldier says, “This has been the most terrible day I have ever lived.”

On the previous day, Union General U.S. Grant wrote to General Halleck, “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.”

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General Ulysses S. Grant

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)


  1. I just read about this today in Army Life by Theodore Gerrish. If you haven’t already you should give that a read. His writing is incredibly descriptive.

  2. He fought with the 20th Maine.

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