Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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“Grant has no idea of ceasing operations.”–Diary of Josiah Marshall Favill.

May 7, 2014

Diary of a Young Officer–Josiah Marshall Favill (57th New York Infantry)

Early May 7th we sent our a strong skirmish line to locate the enemy’s position and found that he had retired behind his entrenchments. During the day Custer’s cavalry division drove the rebel cavalry from Cartharpin furnace to Todd’s tavern, and Warren’s corps brought on a considerable picket engagement about noon in making a reconnoissance on his front, and so the battle of the Wilderness ended. Our losses are said to amount to at least fifteen thousand men, without other result then probably killing and wounding as many of the rebels. Grant has no idea of ceasing operations, however, but is said to be arranging for another move by the flank to get between Richmond and the rebel army. Hancock was ubiquitous, riding everywhere and sending staff officers in endless succession from one end to the other of the line to keep himself posted on the situation. Our division remained all day along the Brock road, but towards night were ordered to march to Todd’s tavern in the direction of Spottsylvania court house. As soon as it became dark Warren’s corps passed from the right, their original position, immediately in our rear on the Brock road, we remaining in position behind the works.

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