Guide to the Battle of the Wilderness Maps, 1962

Summary Information

Title: Battle of the Wilderness Maps, 1962
Collection: AC.894
Extent: 3.0 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

The Battle of the Wilderness Maps chart the troop movements and actions of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and Union Army of the Potomac, May 5-6, 1864. The battle was fought in Spotsylvania County and Orange County Virginia.

Creator: United States. National Park Service.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Battle of the Wilderness, fought May 5-6, 1864, was the opening battle of the 1864 Overland Campaign, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's push toward the Confederate capitol in Richmond, Virginia. The opposing forces were the Union Army of the Potomac under the command of George G. Meade (supervised by Grant) and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Robert E. Lee. The battle earned its name due to the scrubby natural terrain, dubbed the Wilderness of Spotsylvania, in which much of the battle was fought. The engagement was a draw, noted for its heavy casualties on both sides and for the surreal images of its aftermath taken by battlefield photographers.

Scope and Contents

The collections contains 5 copies of United States Park Service maps of the Battle of the Wilderness fought between the Army of Northern Virgina and the Army of the Potomac, May 5-6, 1864. The maps are constructed from contemporary maps and sources.


The materials are contained in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

There is no information on the source of acquisition for these materials.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, November 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.894: Battle of the Wilderness Maps, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List


Maps, 1962 

Folder 1