#61 The Flaming Forest The Wilderness, Virginia May 5, 1864


The Wilderness, Va. May 5, 1864

FIGHTING COSTLY FOR BOTH SIDES

The North and South are engaged in a furious battle in the wilderness today, as the Confederate Army is trying desperately to turn back the invading Northerners. Realizing that Richmond is in danger of falling into Union hands, General Lee has his men fighting at full strength. Losses have continued to pile up very heavily on both sides, with the wounded falling faster than reinforcements pour in. Often two opposing soldiers stand toe to toe, rifles in their hands, intent on deadly combat. Flames constantly break out in different areas of the wilderness, sending the soldiers in the area scurrying for safety. Neither side has appeared to have made any headway in the battle.