This Week in the Civil War - #836
In Virginia, at the North Anna River Lee and Grant’s armies once again engaged in battle from May 23 through May 26, 1864. On the 23rd as Grant began to cross the North Anna, Lee had the opportunity to attack a divided Federal army, but because of illness and other factors he did not seize the initiative. By the 25th despite moving most of his army across the North Anna, Grant realized that Lee’s position, south of the river, was too strong for further assault. So, on Thursday, May 26, Grant withdrew his forces across the North Anna and headed toward Hanovertown, once again maneuvering to turn Lee’s right flank. Lee had again temporarily halted Grant, but Grant simply continued his strategic movement to the south and east of Lee’s forces.