Eye of the Storm

Emerging Civil War

Grant and Meade at Massaponax Church-CU In the photograph, Ulysses S. Grant stands behind a bench, back to the camera, leaning over the shoulder of his top subordinate, George Gordon Meade. Neither of their faces are visible, but I image the strain of the last two weeks wears on them like threadbare blankets.

It’s May 21, 1864, and the Federal army has marched, fought, and maneuvered nonstop since the third. It’s marching again even now as Grant tries to lure the Confederates out of their entrenchments at Spotsylvania and block them from or beat them to the strong position at the North Anna River. They’ve stopped here, at the intersection in front of Massaponax Church, to study the maps. The commanders are exhausted.

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