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cock intrenched and remained there that night. Warren fought all day and occupied the same ground in the evening as he had in the morning. The lines of Grant and Lee were intact after a fierce day's conflict. The only advantage either had was that of Grant, the attacking party, who held his ground. This was important.
    Friday, May 6, 1864, Grant directed a general attack to begin at 5 o'clock. Just before that time Lee attacked Sedgwick on the right, when the battle began all along the line. Hancock pressed the enemy from his rifle pits on the Brock road and for awhile it seemed as if he had gained a victory, but at 8 o'clock Longstreet arrived and he with Hill held Hancock on the road where desperate fighting took place. About 3:45 p. m. Hancock's men were out of ammunition.
    Again the day closed as it began. That night Grant decided he could not dislodge Lee while he was in the tangled Wilderness. This was one of the decisive acts of Grant's entire career; finding he could not accomplish his object one way, he immediately began a new movement. In this particular, it was “Forward By the Left Flank.” He proposed to get around the Wilderness and interpose between Lee and Richmond, and force Lee out in the field; and he succeeded.
    Insofar as our companies were concerned, this ended the battle in the Wilderness, where Capt. Daniel D. Jones, of Co. A, 11th Pennsylvania Reserves, was killed in the first day's fight. This was the Company's second loss of its Captain, and in the terrible conflict Grant lost 18,387, and Lee 11,400 men.


    Grant intended to take position at Spotsylvania Court House, and had directed Warren to withdraw after dark on the previous evening, and move on the left of Hancock who was on the Brock road. At 8:30 he did so and moved his corps to Chancellorsville, thence to the Piney Branch Church road, where it intersects with the Brock road to reach Spotsylvania. However, he was delayed and Lee divining Grant's purpose and having the shorter distance, sent Longstreet to occupy the ridge before Warren. Warren came to Todd's Tavern at 3 a. m. and found the cavalry engaged with the enemy. Hancock (Capt. Fite) waited until the entire army passed and reached Todd's Tavern about 9 a. m. Warren (Capt. Unknown) arrived at

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