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National Museum of the United States Army Symposium

2019-12-09
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Jan 22 2020 US Grant and the Battle of the Wilderness

Often historians of the 19th and 20th centuries portrayed U.S. Grant as an unimaginative general who overcame his adversary by sheer force of numbers. Ryan Longfellow challenges that view. The focus of his talk will be to examine the Battle of the Wilderness, not as a battle of attrition, but instead as U.S. Grant's attempt to decisively defeat the Confederate army. We will look at the role he played in creating the overall plan, his insertion into the tactical operations of the battle, and the decisions he made that shaped the remainder of the Overland Campaign.

Ryan Longfellow works as a history teacher and chairs the social studies department at Spotsylvania (Virginia) Middle School. In 2015 he was chosen as the Spotsylvania County mentor teacher of the year and the 2019 Spotsylvania Middle School teacher of the year. For more than fifteen years, Ryan worked as a park guide at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, interpreting the battlefields of central Virginia, including the Wilderness.

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