Friday May 26, 2023

062 - ”...Hell Can’t Beat That Terrible Scene”: Spotsylvania Court House


About this episode: 

It was May 1864 and Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign was underway. After two days of violence in the Wilderness and a swing to the southeast, weary men from the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac found themselves eyeball to eyeball yet again. The fighting to come: savage, up close, personal, hand to hand. The consequences: bloody, even ghastly. This is the story of the most vicious episode of sustained combat ever to occur on the North American continent. This is the story of Spotsylvania Court House.


Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode:

Gouverneur Warren

Richard S. Ewell

John B. Gordon

Wesley Merritt

Fitzhugh Lee

Philip Sheridan


Additional Resources:

Movements, May 7th-8th, 1864



Actions, May 8th, 1864



Situation 4 pm, May 9th, 1864

Actions, May 10th, 1864



Actions, May 12th, 1864



Movements, May 13th-14th, 1894


**Map Images by Hal Jespersen,


For Further Reading:


The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7–12, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea Esq.


Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.


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Producer: Dan Irving

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