The Spotsylvania Campaign was a crucial period in the protracted
confrontation between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee in spring
1864. Approaching the campaign from a variety of perspectives, the
contributors to this volume explore questions regarding high
command, tactics and strategy, the impact of continuous fighting on
officers and soldiers in both armies, and the ways in which some
participants chose to remember and interpret the campaign. They
offer insight into the decisions and behavior of Lee and of Federal
army leaders, the fullest descriptions to date of the horrific
fighting at the "Bloody Angle" on May 12, and a revealing look at
how Grant used his memoirs to counter Lost Cause interpretations of
his actions at Spotsylvania and elsewhere in the Overland
The contributors are William A. Blair, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W.
Gallagher, Robert E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, William D. Matter,
Carol Reardon, and Gordon C. Rhea.