#64 Jaws of Death Bloody Angle, Virginia May 12, 1864

Bloody Angle, Va. May 12, 1864


A vicious battle broke out at the Bloody Angle bringing death for thousands of soldiers on both sides today. Combat was done at close range with charges and countercharges, leaving the fields drenched in blood. When the fighting stopped, nothing had been accomplished except for destruction. General Lee pulled back his lines, seeing that his Southern Army wasn't making any headway. Officers described today's battle as "the most repulsive fighting" of the War. From close range soldiers stabbed one another to death with bayonets. Cannons were fired at charging soldiers at point-blank range, leaving little left of the poor souls who were hit. The bloodshed continued through a heavy rain and fog from morning till past midnight.