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Battle of the Wilderness
Join volunteers Bill McEvoy and Rosemarie Smurzynski to learn about the 1864 Civil War Battle of the Wilderness. This program starts with a talk in Story Chapel to learn about the battle, and follows with a walk in the cemetery to visit the graves of those who fought there, some of whom died in battle, some of whom survived. The unexpected encounter took place as General Grant was marching The Army of the Potomac south eventually to capture Richmond and General Lee was marching The Army of Northern Virginia east to the coast. The armies clashed in the thick second growth forest known as the Wilderness in Virginia. Head-to-head confrontation in the dense second growth forest took the lives of 11,000 Southerners and 18,000 Northerners.
Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.