"On to Richmond"
Photo Credit: USAWC
"On to Richmond". This painting depicts Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant on the field during the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, May 5-7, 1864. To Grant's right is depicted Major General George Gordon Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac. Meade's forces had crossed the Rappahannock River on May 4, but were forced to stop in the area known as the Wilderness to wait for the supply train to catch up. Confederate General Robert E. Lee resolved to attack the Federal forces while they were in the difficult Wilderness terrain. Fighting was so intense that the trees and underbrush in many places caught fire, the glow of which can be seen in the background. Grant's horse was named Cincinnati; Meade's was Baldy (sometimes called Old Baldy).The red, swallow tailed flag is the Army of the Potomac Headquarters flag. The Artist is: Mort Kunstler. The painting was commissioned by the Army War College Class of 1991 as a gift to the College. (Photograph by: Megan Clugh, USAWC Photographer).
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