This Week in the Civil War - #826
After the Battle of the Wilderness, Grant ordered a Union column under Gouverneur Warren to Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. However, Longstreet’s corps now commanded by Richard Anderson marched all night and beat the Union forces to the area. From May 8 through May 21 both Grant’s army and Lee’s force would do constant battle at Spotsylvania Court House. With Longstreet’s corps commanded by Anderson as its commander recuperated, Jubal Early also took temporary command of Hill’s Confederates, given that Hill was sick. Two of Lee’s three corps thus had new commanders in the midst of battle. Grant wanted Sheridan, his Union cavalry commander, to move around Lee, hitting railroads and supply lines as well as diverting Stuart’s Confederate cavalry which was harassing the Union’s lines of communication and supply.