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Battle of the Wilderness maps

Identifier: AC-894

Scope and Contents

The collections contains 5 copies of United States Park Service maps of the Battle of the Wilderness fought between the Army of Northern Virgina and the Army of the Potomac, May 5-6, 1864. The maps are constructed from contemporary maps and sources.


  • Creation: 1962


Conditions Governing Access

No interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Historical Note

The Battle of the Wilderness, fought May 5-6, 1864, was the opening battle of the 1864 Overland Campaign, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's push toward the Confederate capitol in Richmond, Virginia. The opposing forces were the Union Army of the Potomac under the command of George G. Meade (supervised by Grant) and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Robert E. Lee. The battle earned its name due to the scrubby natural terrain, dubbed the Wilderness of Spotsylvania, in which much of the battle was fought. The engagement was a draw, noted for its heavy casualties on both sides and for the surreal images of its aftermath taken by battlefield photographers.


3 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The Battle of the Wilderness Maps chart the troop movements and actions of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and Union Army of the Potomac, May 5-6, 1864. The battle was fought in Spotsylvania County and Orange County Virginia.


The materials are contained in one folder.

Acquisitions Information

There is no information on the source of acquisition for these materials.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, November 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

AC.894: Battle of the Wilderness Maps, 1962
The collection was processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, November 2014.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository