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Road to Appomattox

Wilderness battle draw; Grant advances

1 Jan, 1970

Hancock attacks A. P. Hill at dawn, and the Confederates withdraw.  General James Longstreet arrives with the Texas Brigade of his corps just in time to save the Confederate right flank.  Then an intense Confederate attack sputters out after Longstreet is wounded accidentally by his own men.  The US Ninth Corps under General Ambrose Burnside attacks the Confederate center and is repulsed.  Darkness ends the fighting.  Overall, this battle is a tactical draw, but Grant’s men are heartened and cheer when he continues the advance instead of retreating, as the army has done in the past.