This Week in the Civil War - #824
On May 6, 1864 the Battle of the Wilderness continued with Hancock’s Union corps attacking the salient in Lee’s front between Ewell’s and Hill’s corps. Hill’s corps crumpled under the weight of Hancock’s advance, forcing it to retreat past Lee. Lee rode among Hill’s men, begging them to stop; suddenly the first of Longstreet’s corps arrived on the battlefield, led by Hood’s Texas Brigade. Lee excitedly joined Hood’s advance until the Texans forced Lee to the rear. They then attacked and stopped Hancock’s advance. Uniting with Ewell’s forces, Longstreet then attacked the Union left flank. Only the untimely wounding of Longstreet by his own troops prevented a complete Confederate victory. Nightfall was coming when Confederate troops pushed back the other Union flank, ending the two day, essentially stalemated, Wilderness engagement.